This is a theological studies methods course. Its primary purpose is to teach you skills
for developing a Christian mind, by helping you construct a solid foundation for
thinking through life’s most important issues. We will begin by establishing the
reality and nature of truth and then learn that rightly interpreted Scripture is the final
arbiter of truth. You will learn the about various sources for theology and the way
that different people use and misuse these sources. This course endeavors to enable
people to think theologically and construct a biblical worldview that makes the
Christian’s witness relevant to all people in need. This course is a prerequisite to all
other required courses of theology.
1. The student will understand that theology is more than just an academic
discipline reserved only for professional theologians, but that it is a fountain
from which all people may daily drink.
2. The student will know the different sources from which we derive our
understanding of truth and direction.
3. The student will develop a broader perspective of theology in general and
learn how theology is done within the Christian community.
4. The students will glorify God through their humble submission to His
command to love Him with “all their mind” (Matt. 22:37).
5. The students will critically evaluate their own theological method and
worldview by learning how to test and critique the validity of their core
6. The students will critique various sources from which they derive their beliefs
with the purpose of establishing the Scripture as their primary source for their
7. The students will place greater confidence in theology and the process of
8. The student will learn to value the unity and diversity of the Body of Christ.
Required Book for grade:
Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan,
Olson, Roger. Mosaic of Christian Beliefs. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002.
Bible (preferably New American Standard or NET Bible)
Course Requirements and Grading
This course can be taken at two levels: Certificate or self-study.
1. Certificate Students: Certificate students take the course for a grade to
receive a certificate that can be applied towards the Credo Academy Theology Certificate. You must
pay the tuition, attend or view all ten sessions, and complete enough of the
homework according to the grading system below to receive a passing grade.
This applies to both online and campus students.
2. Self-study: Self-study students take the course for enrichment only.
Homework is not required, although doing homework will obviously enrich
your learning from the course.
Honors credit can be earned in this course by completing all the coursework and
completing an additional reading assigned by the teacher. See bibliography for
Assignment Description – see course schedule for due dates
Viewing/Attending classes: Students are required to attend or view all ten
sessions of the course. (All sessions for every course will be made available to the student if they do not already have them.) Online certificate students: While attending or viewing the sessions is
required for all certificate students, it does not apply toward your grade and you
cannot receive credit without it.
Five hours of theological community time (online certificate students
only): This is done by attending the student session on zoom. While
theological community time is required for all online certificate students, it does
not apply toward your grade and you cannot receive credit without it.
1. Reading: Various reading assignments will be given during the ten-week period.
Each student will be expected to read the material according to the ten-week session
schedule provided in the syllabus.
2. Scripture memorization: Each student will memorize the passages provided
on the Scripture memorization sheet in the syllabus. Once completed, the student
will recite the memorized Scripture to a partner who will affirm the completion
by signing the Scripture memorization sheet.
The preferred translations for all memorization in English are listed below:
• New American Standard
• NET Bible (available at www.bible.org)
• English Standard Version
• New International Version
3. Case Studies: The two case studies in the Student Notebook must be completed
according to schedule. Online certificate students are to post their case studies
online on the TTP forums. Your instructor will grade them online, marking them
4. Vocabulary Quizzes: Two closed-book theological vocabulary quizzes will be
given during the course of the semester. Online students can find these quizzes on
the website. See schedule for due dates. Once the student looks at the quiz, he or
she must take the quiz. In other words, you cannot look at the quiz, study the
right terms, and then take the test.
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