About; Navigating The Master Menu for Rapid Access to Lessons

Navigating to access all lessons: Scroll down on this page for a master listing of all lessons available. Also, the lessons are  available through a  “nested” design of menus and sub-menus located at the top of the page below the theme photo.

An alternative method for navigating to lessons: In the nesting design available at the top of the page, you will find, for example, Lesson 1A has a paired lesson 1B with correlated readings, Bible verses, videos, and audio lectures. This lesson 1B can be clicked on after pointing at 1A. The 1B lesson appears and can be clicked on below 1A. This pattern is followed through Lesson 10A on the main menu and then requires you to return to Lessons 1A and 1B to access Lessons 11A and 11B through the path of these pop up links. When you are seeking 21A you must move your mouse pointer through 11B to see 21A pop up. This is the nesting process.

This course consists of 39 modules with  A and B lessons. An assumption guiding the development of this curriculum is that a week’s discussion would be devoted to each lesson, thus a module will support two weeks of group study and discussion. Inclusion of the optional Bonus Lessons would extend the course beyond 78 weeks (39 modules x 2). The facilitator who chooses to include these bonus lessons will, however, need to prepare their own discussion questions, unlike the A and B lessons which offer discussion questions suitable for a class one hour in length.

You will also note that every A lesson page concludes with a brief overview of the paired B lesson that follows, available to you through a hotlink. Click on the link to reach quickly the B page. Note: this simple click will give you immediate access to the B lesson without having to return to the Master Menu for a link (see below). There are also links in the B lessons to the bonus lessons. All participants will find it useful to have updated media players downloaded to their computers.

Lachlan Galbraith, Ph.D., is solely responsible for this curriculum created in support of Prof. Olson’s The Story of Christian Theology; however, he is not responsible for the information provided at the numerous sites which have embedded links for your convenience in the pages composing the lessons.

Dr. Galbraith received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California – Berkeley, his MA in English from SUNY-Stony Brook, and his BA in English from San Francisco State University. Please direct your comments to him at LachlanNiles@gmail.com, or you may post a comment below each lesson at this site. Your suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated. Finally, he wishes to thank his wife Judy for her patience while providing a crash course on how to construct a WordPress blog.

This website is dedicated to the late Rev. Donald Martin of Mount Vernon, OH, Lachlan Galbraith’s father-in-law, who passed away 12-17-2011. He put his trust in Him at all times and poured out his heart before Him because he knew “God is a refuge for us”. Psalms, 62: 8

Master Menu for Rapid Access:

Lesson 1AWhy study the heretical doctrines of the past? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 1A- “Introduction” and “The Opening Act – Part One” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson .

Lesson 1B – Text of the Athanasian Creed; Selections from Gregory of Nyssa; Bishop Tom Wright; Lecture from Prof. Michael Haykin Knowing and Adoring the Triune God

Bonus Lesson: Prof. Wayne Grudem video lecture “Why Theology is Important”; Prof. N.T. Wright Video Lectures “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead” and “The Resurrection”; R.C. Sproul videos: “The Intertestamental Period”; Paul Tillich Lecture: “The Intertestamental Period”

Lesson 2A Who were the early Christian cultists? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 2A – Chapter One “Critics and Cultists Cause Confusion” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 2B -Selections from The Gospel of Thomas: Snapshot of cultist Eliz. Clare Prophet; Bishop Tom Wright on Gnosticism; Prof. Dale Martin of Yale Univ. Lectures on The Gospel of Thomas

Bonus Lesson: Engineering An Empire: Rome (the History Channel); “Living in the Roman World” and “The Challenge of the New Prophecy” [Montanism], two audio lectures from Prof. Michael Haykin

Lesson 3A What did the early Apostolic Fathers contribute to the church? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 3A – Chapter Two “The Apostolic Fathers Explain the Way” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 3B -Selections from “The Didache”; Blog Posting from Prof. Derek Thomas on “The Didache”; Selection from “The Shepherd of Hermas”; Selections from Polycarp’s “Epistle to the Phillipians”; Selections from Ignatius’ “Epistle to the Ephesians”; videos on Papias, Polycarp, and Ignatius

Bonus Lesson:  Eastern Orthodox Historian Father Jeffrey MacDonald “St. Ignatius of Antioch”, an audio lecture; Paul Tillich on “Clement and Ignatius”

Lesson 4A Early Christian tensions with Hellenistic philosophy. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 4A – Chapter Three “The Apologists Defend the Faith” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 4B Selections from Justin Martyr’s First Apology; A Video on a Contemporary Misuse of Justin Martyr by Atheists; Selections from Athenagoras’ A Plea for the Christians; Selections from Theophilus’ Theophilus to Autolycus; Video on Tatian; Video of Dave Hunt on “False Prophets”; Video on Ephesus and Justin Martyr; Prof. Jeffrey MacDonald (Eastern Orthodox) lectures on “Saint Justin – The Philosopher”

Bonus Lesson:  “Celsus and Justin Martyr”, a lecture from Paul Tillich

Lesson 5A Irenaeus’ polemics contribute to our understanding of early Gnosticism. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 5A – Chapter Four “Irenaeus Exposes Heresies” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 5B Selections from Irenaeus’ The Demonstration of Apostolic Preaching; the text of “The Rule of Faith” with a video on “The Rule of Faith”; Prof. Michael Haykin lectures on “The Roman Empire and Irenaeus of Lyons”

Bonus Lesson: “Irenaeus”, an audio lecture from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald; Paul Tillich lectures on “Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Hippolytus”

Lesson 6A Second century Christian theology scrutinized. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 6A – Part II “The Plot Thickens” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 6B – Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Badawi “The Islamic Conception of God”; Dr. William Lane Craig debates Dr. Peter Millican on “Does God Exist?”; Early Christian Martyrs video; Dr. Haykin audio lecture “Remembering The Persecuted Church”

Bonus Lesson: Brett McCracken on “The Perils of Hipster Christianity”; Video “Gnosticism’s Central Doctrines Exposed in Hollywood Productions”; “Gnosticism and Marcion” a lecture from Paul Tillich

Lesson 7A North African theologians Tertullian and Clement critique Greek philosophy, battle cultists, and respond to Montanism. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 7A – Chapter 5 “North African Thinkers Examine Philosophy” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 7B Selections from Clement’s “Exhortation to the Heathen” and Tertullian’s “Prescription Against Heretics”; Michael Haykin’s audio lecture “Tertullian and Constantine”; Video on The History of Carthage

Bonus Lesson: Paul Tillich’s Perspective on Clement of Alexandria; Prof. Jeffrey MacDonald audio lecture: “Tertullian of Carthage”

Lesson 8A Why isn’t Origen a saint? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 8A – Chapter 6 “Origen of Alexandria Leaves a Troubling Legacy”  from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 8B Selections from Origen’s De Principiis and Contra Celsum; Rev. Marcelo Souza Lectures on “Alexandria, Origen, Persecution, Constantine, Arianism” — Ancient Church History, An Overview

Bonus Lesson: “Tertullian of Carthage”, an audio lecture from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald; “Clement of Alexandria”, a lecture from Paul Tillich

Lesson 9A Cyprian challenges Rome and offers his perspective on priests administering sacraments. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 9A – Chapter 7  “Cyprian of Carthage Promotes Unity”  from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 9B Selections from Cyprian’s Writings on “The Unity of the Church”, “On Works and Alms”, ; History Channel’s “Cyprian’s Carthage”; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “Cyprian and the Decian Persecution”

Bonus Lesson: Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “The Conversion of Cyprian”; Jeffrey MacDonald Audio Lecture “Cyprian of Carthage”

Lesson 10A –  The third century sees the Christian church mature and the creeds formalized. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 10A – Chapter 8 “Christianity Gets Its Act Together” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 10B Text of “The Nicene Creed”, “The Apostle’s Creed” and Hippolytus’ Baptismal Formula”; Hank Hanegraff of the Christian Research Institute on “The Canon”; from John Ankerberg, “Gospels That Never Made it Into the Bible” and “The New Testament Canon”; Prof. Dale Martin of Yale University Lectures on “The Canon”

Lesson 11A –  Adoptionism, Arianism and other doctrines examined. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 11A- “Part  Three A Great Crisis Rocks the Church” and Chapter 9 “Alexandrians Argue About the Son of God” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 11BConstantine’s Letter to Alexander and Arius; BBC Video “Constantine the Great The Critical Moment”; Rev. Marcelo Souza Audio Lecture “The Christological Controversies”; John Ankerberg on Emperor Constantine

Bonus Lesson: The Diocletianic Persecution; Nicaea and Arianism, a lecture from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald and one from Paul Tillich

Lesson 12AArians and Sabellians fight for their doctrines at the Council of Nicaea. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 12A- “Chapter 10 “The Church Responds at the Council of Nicaea” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 12B -Socrates Scholasticus, a Selection from his “Ecclesiastical History”; John Ankerberg Interviews Garner Ted Armstrong; David Couchman Video “The Council of Nicaea”; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “The Trinity in History”

Bonus Lesson“The Value of Monasticism”, an audio lecture from Michael Haykin; “Monasticism”, an audio lecture from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald

Lesson 13A Just what do homoousias and homoiousias mean? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 13A- “Chapter 11 “Athanasius Stubbornly Keeps the Faith” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 13B -Paul Tillich Lecture “Monarchianism. Sabellius. The Arian Controversy. Nicaea”; Classic Walter Martin Videos: “Christian Science”, “Mormonism”, and “Jehovah’s Witnesses”; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “The Council of Constantinople”

Bonus Lesson: Paul Tillich Lecture “Athanasius, Marcellus, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil, John of Damascus. The Christological Problem”

Lesson 14AGregory of Naziansus, Basil, and Gregory of Nyssa become the “Cappadocian Fathers” and battle Eunomianism and Binitarianism. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 14A- Chapter 12 “The Cappadocian Fathers Settle the Issue” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 14B – Gregory of Nyssa Selection “The Great Catechism”; Saint Basil Selection “On The Spirit”; Video “The Churches of Cappodocia”; Dr. Carl Trueman “The Trinity”

Bonus Lesson: Modern Christian Apologetics: Christian Apologist C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” Read Aloud; Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias at the University of Illinois; Ravi Zacharias “Christianity vs. Islam”; William Dembski “Blind/Unguided Evolution vs. Guided (Designed) Evolution” (3 parts); William Lane Craig video and essay: “Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It?” (2007 conference lecture); Dr. Craig responds to a student’s inquiry “Why is Evolution so Widely Believed?”

Lesson 15A – Schools of Antioch and Alexandria debate Christology. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 15A- “Part IV Another Crisis Strikes the Church” and Chapter 13 “The Schools of Antioch & Alexandria Clash over Christ” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 15B –  Paul Tillich Lecture “School of Antioch. Theodor of Mopsuestia. Apollinarius. Nestorius. Cyril. Chalcedon”; David Hartwell lectures on Antioch vs Alexandria; Dale Brown Examines Mormonism (video lectures)

Bonus Lesson: The Second Ecumenical Council: Constantinople, an audio lecture from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald; Theodor and Nestorius, a lecture from Paul Tillich

Lesson 16A – Chapter 14 “Nestorius & Cyril Bring the Controversy to a Head” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 16B“The Bazaar of Heracleides” by Nestorius discussed by G.R. Driver and Leonard Hodgson; St. Cyril’s “Third Letter to Nestorius with 12 Anathemas”; Video “Schism and the Seeds of Schism”; Dominican Fr. Walter Wagner’s  lecture “Early Challenges and Confessions of the Church”

Bonus Lesson: Politics and Christians: Three Case Studies

Lesson 17A – Pelagius visits Antioch and clashes with Alexandria. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 17A- “Chapter 15 “Chalcedon Protects the Mystery” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 17BPhillip Schaff Selection: Pope Leo’s letter “Eutyches”; Video on Pope Leo; Rev. Thomas Weinandy Audio Lecture “The Council of Chalcedon”

Bonus Lesson: Video lecture: “Neoplatonism When Magic Made Sense”; Paul Tillich Lecture on “Dionysius the Areopagite (The Pseudo-Dionysius)”

Lesson 18ADonatism and monothelitism divide Christians. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 18A- “Chapter 16 “Fallout from the Conflict Continues” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 18BDocument from The Council of Chalcedon on “…The Divine and Human Natures in the Person of Christ”; the Monophysite Controversy and the Council of Chalcedon; Video on “Seven Ecumenical Councils”; Pastor Nick Needham audio lecture “The Value of Church History”

Bonus Lesson: Modern Christian Apologetics continues with Intelligent Design: Steven C. Meyer, “Is There a Signature in the Cell?”; CNN Interview with Michael Shermer (blind evolution advocate) vs. William Dembski on Intelligent Design in School Curriculums;

Lesson 19ASaint Augustine’s “river of theology”. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 19A- “Part V A Tale of Two Churches”; Chapter 17 “Augustine Confesses God’s Glory & Human Depravity” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 19B Saint Augustine’s Poem “Ever Ancient, Ever New”; Selections from “The Confessions of Saint Augustine”; Bishop Fulton Sheen classic TV kinescope “The Three Greatest Confessions of History”; Rev. Marcelo Souza o lectures on “The Fifth, Sixth, And Seventh Ecumenical Councils with Consideration of St. Augustine”.

Bonus Lesson: Jeffrey MacDonald audio lecture “St. Augustine of Hippo”; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “The Life of Augustine”; Paul Tillich Lectures “Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine” and “Augustine”

Lesson 20A – How did the Great Church in the West become the Roman Catholic Church? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 20A – Chapter 18 “The Western Church Becomes Roman Catholic” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 20B Pope Gregory the Great Homily excerpt “Doubting Thomas”; Video (ELCA) “Understanding the Roman Catholic Church”; Michael Haykin audio lecture “Justification by Faith”

Bonus Lesson: Wayne Grudem Video “Systematic Theology”; B.B. Warfield “Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy”; “Pelagius, Augustine”, and “Donatism”, Two Lectures by Paul Tillich

Lesson 21A In the Eastern Orthodox Church leadership emerges. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 21A – Chapter 19 “The Eastern Church Becomes Eastern Orthodox” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 21B -“The Great East-West Schism of 1054”, Archbishop Michael (Eastern Orthodox); Radio Interview of Dr. Michael Haykin

Bonus Lesson: “The Origins of the Celtic Church”, an audio lecture frm Eastern Orthodox Prof. Jeffrey MacDonald

Lesson 22AJust what was the “fundamental cause” of the Great Schism of 1054 C.E.? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 22A – Chapter 20 “The Great Schism Creates Two Traditions Out of One” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 22B- Early Church Fathers Comment On The Filioque Clause; History Channel presents “Greek Byzantium”; Jeffrey MacDonald audio lecture “The Filioque Clause and St. Photius”

Bonus Lesson: Prof. Tom Wright on “The Creeds” (Jan. 2012)

Lesson 23AWhy did we ever care about dancing angels? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 23A- Part  VI “The Saga of the Queen of Sciences:  Scholastics Revive & Enthrone Theology” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 23B – Paul Tillich Lecture “Medieval Period: Nominalism, Realism, Monasticism, Crusades”; Videos “The Islamic Crusades”; Jeffrey MacDonald audio lecture “Eastern Orthodoxy Responds to Western Scholasticism”

Bonus Lesson: The History Channel’s “The Dark Ages”

Lesson 24ASaint Anselm and his Ontological Argument for the Existence of God: why do we still care? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 24A Chapter 21 “Anselm & Abelard Speculate About God’s Ways” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 24B – Prof. Jones’ Video Explains “Anselm’s Ontological Argument”; “Logical Consistency and Contradiction”; Alvin Plantinga Videos “Anselm’s Argument”; William Lane Craig on “Beyond The Big Bang”; The Cosmological Argument; finally Craig on “Science and Religion in the 21st Century”

Bonus Lesson – Alvin Plantinga Video Lecture “Science vs Religion”; Assorted Plantinga Videos;  Paul Tillich Lecture “Anselm and His Arguments”

Lesson 25AAquinas’ 5 Arguments for the Existence of God. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 25A Chapter 22 “Thomas Aquinas Summarizes Christian Truth” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 25B -Fr. Barron Videos “Thomas Aquinas” and “Aquinas’ Five Arguments”; Thomas Aquinas Video with William Lane Craig “The Cosmological Argument”

Bonus Lesson: Keith Wrightson of Yale University Lectures on “The Late Medieval Church”; “Reformation and Division”; Three Paul Tillich Lectures on the Medieval Period

Lesson 26AThe Nominalists shake up the establishment. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 26A Chapter 23 “Nominalists, Reformers, & Humanists Challenge the Scholastic Synthesis” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 26B – Sir Anthony Kenny Video on Medieval Philosophy; Video “William of Ockham”; Robert Godfrey Lecture “Pre-Reform Church History”

Bonus LessonWilliam Lane Craig Essay on 5 Arguments To Refute “New Atheism”; Craig Videos on Contemporary Arguments for God’s Existence, including The Problem of Evil; William Lane Craig debates Christopher Hitchens; The God Debates: William Lane Craig debates Sam Harris; Richard Dawkins Stumped by Theist’s Question on Evolution; Paul Tillich Lecture on “Medieval Philosophy”

Lesson 27A Erasmus and Jan Hus seek reforms before Martin Luther. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 27A, Part VII “A New Twist in the Narrative” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 27B – Keith Wrightson Lecture “Late Medieval Religion and its Critics”; Video “The Battle for the Bible: Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Cranmer”; History Channel “Who Wrote the Bible?” ; William Lane Craig “Were the New Testament Translations Corrupted?”

Bonus Lesson From the History Channel The Plague; “Witchcraft and Magic”, a lecture from Prof. Keith Wrightson; Yale Political Scientist Stephen Smith offers us two outstanding lectures on Niccolo Machiavelli, a political philosopherof Renaissance Florence who has shocked Christians with his apparently objective, amoral prescriptions for political success in The Prince and The Discourses.

Lesson 28A – Luther strives for “gospel restoration”. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 28A Chapter 24 “Luther Rediscovers the Gospel & Divides the Church” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 28B -Film “Martin Luther Reluctant Revolutionary” – Michael Haykin Lecture “Martin Luther”

Bonus Lesson: The Luther Library, print, audio and video resources;  Classic Film “Martin Luther” 

Lesson 29A – Calvin climbs up on “the shoulders of Luther and Zwingli”. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 29A, Chapter 25 “Zwingli and Calvin Organize Protestant Thought” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 29B – Correlated Readings: Norman Geisler Lecture “Why I Am Not a 5 Point Calvinist”; John Gerstner Lecture “The Life and Theology of Zwingli”

Bonus Lesson: The Calvin Library with print, audio, and video resources 

Lesson 30A – Balthasar Hubmaier and the Anabaptists oppose infant baptism. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 30A, Chapter 26 “Anabaptists Go Back to the Roots of Christianity” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 30B – John Gerstner Video Lecture “Anabaptism”; Ken Curtis Video “Reformation Overview of the Anabaptists”; The “Schleitheim Confession” document

Bonus Lesson: Robert Godfrey Lectures “Reformation in the Netherlands”, “A Brief History of the Reformation”; The Canons of Dordt and the Remonstrants

Lesson 31AReformation events in England and Scotland. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 31A – Chapter 27  “Rome & Canterbury Go Separate But Parallel Ways from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 31B –  John Gerstner Video Lecture “Romanism’s Counter-Rerformation Trent”; Father Michael Sheehan The Reformation

Bonus Lesson:  Keith Wrightson Video Lecture on “The British Reformation”; Paul Tillich on Justification By Faith

Lesson 32A: Is Arminianism simply Pelagianism – or is it Molinism? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 32A – Chapter 28 “Arminians Attempt to Reform Reformed Theology” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 32B:Keith Wrightson Lectures on the “Street Wars of Religion: Puritans vs. Arminians”; Jerry Walls and Joe Dongell on Arminianism and Calvinism;  William Lane Craig on Molinism; William Lane Craig Explains Why God is All-Knowing and answers Can God Change?

Bonus Lesson:Arminianism vs. Molinism by Deirdre Richardson; Alister McGrath debates Richard Dawkins; Dawkins Rejects a Debate with Craig; Presentation from William Lane Craig on Daniel Dennett’s Uncaused Cause

Lesson 33AJohann Arndt and the Pietists redefine “true Christianity”. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 33A – Chapter Twenty-nine “Pietists Seek to Renew Lutheran Theology” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 33B: John Gerstner Lectures on “The Thirty Years War” and “Orthodoxy On the Continent and Britain”

Bonus Lesson: Two John Gerstner Lectures: “Arminianism and the Attack on Reformation Theology”; “Covenant Theology”; “Pietism”, a Paul Tillich Lecture

Lesson 34A: Wesleyanism and Puritanism depart Anglican orthodoxy. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 34A – Chapter Thirty “Puritans and Methodists Struggle to Revive English Theology” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 34B: Michael Haykin Audio Lecture on “William Wilberforce”; John Gerstner Video Lecture on “Puritanism in England and New England”

Bonus Lesson: Video on Jonathan Edwards; Charles Wesley Video; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “George Whitefield”; Full Length Film “John Wesley”

Lesson 35A: Who were the Deists and were they guilty of a “Procrustean distortion” of Christianity? Questions for Discussion: Lesson 35A- Chapter 31 “Deists Try to Transform Protestant Theology” from  The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson

Lesson 35B:  A Video on key “Enlightenment Thinkers”; A Video on “Thomas Jefferson and Deism”; John Gerstner lectures on “The Enlightenment”; Videos on “Charles Finney and Decisional Regeneration”

Bonus Lesson: Seventh Day Adventism Is it a Cult? from Larry Wessels of Christian Answers

Lesson 36A Classical liberalism rejects traditional Christology. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 36A – Part IX The Overall Plot Divides; Chapter Thirty-Two “Liberal Theology Accommodates to Modern Culture” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 36B: BBC Documentary “Sea of Faith” excerpts: Soren Kierkegaard and Carl Jung; The 5th Dimension Sings “The Age of Aquarius”

Bonus Lesson: Debunking the Monomyth: Carl Jung Film Interview; Joseph Campbell On the Hero,Video Interview; John Ankerberg on “Christianity, the Resurrection of Christ and the Mystery Religions”, including C.S. Lewis and Mircea Eliade; Tom Wright Debunks The Monomyth and Explains “The Resurrection of the Son of God”

Lesson 37A: Fundamentalism jousts with liberal Protestant theology. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 37A – Chapter Thirty-Three “Conservative Theology Hardens Traditional Categories” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 37B: Early Twentieth Century Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism: Billy Sunday Videos and Aimee Semple McPherson Videos; Video on “The Secret Rapture”

Bonus Lesson: Classical Fundamentalism: Billy Graham Sermons

Lesson 38AKarl Barth opposes both liberals and fundamentalists as he builds a Neo-Orthodox theology. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 38A – Chapter Thirty-Four “Neo-Orthodoxy Transcends the Divide” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 38B:Prof. David Clough on Karl Barth; Princeton Univ. Professors and Seminarians Assess Karl Barth’s Contribution; Prof. Tom Greggs on Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Videos on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonus Lesson:  Studying and Defending the Gospel: Video Lectures on Rudolph Bultmann; Video Interview of Martin Hengel; Video of John Lennox Debating Atheist Richard Dawkins; text of The Barmen Declaration

Lesson 39A: The complexity of contemporary theology. Questions for Discussion: Lesson 39A – Chapter Thirty-Five “Contemporary Theology Struggles with Diversity” from The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson

Lesson 39B: Lecture on Wolfhart Pannenberg Video; Richard Bauckham Video Lecture on Jurgen Moltmann; John B. Cobb Video on “Omnipotence” (Process Theology); Liberation Theology and Marxism Videos; Progressive Christianity Video, John Polkinghorne Videos: “God, Science, and Quantum Physics”

Bonus Lesson:  “The New Atheists”; “The Lord is My Light”,  Alister McGrath; “Key Figures in Early Feminist Theology”, Rachel Muers; “The Power of the Word”, an Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza Lecture [Feminist Theology]; William Lane Craig debates atheist Prof. Kari Enqvist in Finland at the University of Helsinki (2012); “George Lindbeck and Religion As a Worldview”; Lindbeck’s Life and Major Contribution to Modern Academic Theology in “The Nature of Doctrine”

This concludes our course of study in Roger Olson’s “The Story of Christian Theology”. To find more books by Professor Olson click here.

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