Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story

Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story

Taught by Roger E. Olson

The Essentials of Christian Thought course outlines the most basic, necessary principles of a Christian outlook on the world—principles without which no thinking can properly be viewed as Christian.

Course Details

  • 15 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 4.3 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Essentials of Christian Thought

12 Month Access
$179.99 USD

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Course Description

Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions—just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

Or at least, such an outlook should unite Christians of all theological and church backgrounds. However, alternate visions of reality often infect and corrupt Christians’ thinking.

In The Essentials of Christian Thought course, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines the basic perspective on the world that all Christians, regardless of the place and time in which they are born, have historically held. This underlying metaphysic accords with all orthodox theologies, whether Calvinist or Arminian, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, but it separates Christianity from other religious and secular perspectives. It is, quite simply, the essential requirement of a Christian view of the world.

The Essentials of Christian Thought course will equip students to more consciously appropriate the core of their faith, guarding against ideas that subtly but necessarily invite compromise.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • a clearer grasp of the core principles of historic Christianity
  • a better understanding of the implications of Christian thought in apologetics, cultural dialogue, and academic disciplines beyond biblical studies and theology
  • a basis for integrating faith and learning on the foundation of a biblical philosophy
  • practical strategies for distinguishing between the Bible’s vision of reality and other competing visions that may or may not be compatible with Christianity
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Roger E. Olson

PhD., Rice University

Roger E. Olson is a professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith, Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology, and How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative.

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Knowing Christianly: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story

  • Knowing Christianly, Part 2

  • Ultimate Reality Is Supernatural and Personal (But Not Human)

  • Ultimate Reality, Part 2

  • The Biblical Vision of Ultimate Reality Retrieved

  • The Biblical Vision, Part 2 [MIDTERM]

  • Non-Christian Views of Reality

  • Non-Christian Views, Part 2

  • The Biblical-Christian View of Ultimate Reality: God

  • The Biblical-Christian View of Ultimate Reality, Part 2

  • The Biblical-Christian Perspective on the World

  • The Biblical-Christian Perspective on the World, Part 2

  • Biblical-Christian Humanism

  • Biblical-Christian Humanism, Part 2 [FINAL EXAM]


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