Christian Theology

Christian Theology

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There are three main reasons to learn Christian Theology:

1) Cultural Impact

It is difficult to speak of much of American history, no less the other parts of western civilization, without reading nearly continuously of Christianity.  Entire civilizations were founded on this religion (even if they didn’t “practice as they preached,” so to speak), and understanding the Bible and the history of the Church is essential to understanding much of everything else in the last two thousand years.

2) An Introduction to Learning

Speaking as one with a Master’s Degree on the subject, I can safely say that learning about theology is really a broad entrance into most of the humanities at large.  You delve into modern philosophy (epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, etc.), history (all the way from the beginning of human existence until now), linguistics (generally in studying the languages of the Bible and the Church since), cultural anthropology, etc.  It can be one of the best overarching themes to starting a student to learn about the world at large.

3) For Believers

It should go without saying that Christians ought to care deeply about what the Bible has to say; that, in a nutshell, is all Christian Theology speaks of.  Believing parents ought to desire their children to be immersed in the Scriptures, knowing not only the history of what God has done with his people and with the world but also the very real ideological consequences thereof (i.e., what it means to have faith, how to live it out in modern society, how to understand who God is in the midst of pain and suffering, etc.).

Theology is made up of three parts: History, Principals, and Applications.

The Overall Goal

Theology is a massive field of study.  In the typical course of these studies, we can only hit one broad area – say, apologetics (the study of whether God exists), biblical theology (a summary of what each book of the Bible talks about and how they relate), systematic theology (answers to general questions about God, man, sin, heaven/hell, etc.), the history of the Church, etc.   Exactly what we study is completely up to you as the parent, though I can offer advice as you find helpful.

Going Deep

“Going deep” is an exhaustive task, and in a field as large as theology, it’s nearly a misnomer.  That being said, we do take great care to discuss carefully and think clearly – we can only talk about so much, but we will aim to be good and true thinkers in the areas we do encounter.  My goal is for students to retain most of what we discuss (as opposed to the approach of endless details which are mostly forgotten over the course of the following week).

Having Fun

Theology, especially for Christians, should be an exciting task.  It asks the largest questions that mankind has ever known and then, after offering answers, encourages us to think it over and come to a true understanding concerning it.  It is my hope that students will find this invigorating, pushing them onward to find deep truths about the universe and about themselves.

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Meeting you where you are

Beyond the nearly endless scope of areas to be studied, there is additionally a huge variety in what experiences and knowledge each individual student brings to the table.  Even for students focused on one area (say, systematic theology), one may have very little background whereas another may be more experienced; our selection of curriculum will likely differ between them.  I do promise, however, to find material that is appropriate to your student’s age, experience, etc.

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No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

In the general theme of this topic, our first lesson will look quite different depending on the sub-topic and the student.  The general idea, however, will be to get to know the student, lay out some of the biggest areas of study in their discipline, and learn about what excites them and the direction they are naturally excited to go.

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.