Monday, September 25, 2017

Theology 101 Course, Hillsdale College + links to all other Hillsdale Courses

Theology 101, Lecture 1 of 10, Western Theological Tradition, Hillsdale College
(Plus links to all 10 lectures, the Test & to other Hillsdale Courses):
"Overview The English word theology is rooted in the Greek words for God (theos) and reason or speech (logos). The gift of speech or reason, given by God to man, enables us to think about God and to worship Him. One of the chief aims of the liberal arts and their study at Hillsdale College is to understand what kind of being man is, as well as his purpose, which in turn makes it possible to begin to understand man’s relationship to God."
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Theology 101: The Western Theological Tradition
The Lectures:

1 of 10) 'Theology at Hillsdale College'
Larry P. Arnn
April 10, 2017

2 of 10) 'The God of Grace in Judaism and the Hebrew Bible'
Donald J. Westblade
April 17, 2017

3 of 10) 'The God of Grace in Christianity and the New Testament'
Donald J. Westblade
April 24, 2017

4 of 10) 'God and Grace in the Trinitarian Controversy'
Jordan Wales
May 1, 2017

5 of 10) 'The Life of Grace and the Pelagian Controversy'
Jordan Wales
May 8, 2017

6 of 10) 'Thomas Aquinas on Nature, Grace and Life in God'
Jordan Wales
May 15, 2017" target="_new">

7 of 10) 'Martin Luther on Justification'
Thomas J. Burke
May 22, 2017

8 of 10) 'The Council of Trent on Justification'
Thomas J. Burke
May 29, 2017

9 of 10) 'Christianity and the Enlightenment'
Donald J. Westblade
June 5, 2017

10 of 10) 'Knowing God in the 20th Century'
Jordan Wales
June 12, 2017

11) Final Quiz
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The Lecturers:

Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.

Thomas J. Burke is the William and Berniece Grewcock Professor in the Humanities at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Baylor University, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his M.A. from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Jordan Wales is assistant professor of theology at Hillsdale College. He received his B.S. from Swarthmore College, his M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a postgraduate diploma in theology from Linacre College at Oxford University, and his M.T.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Donald J. Westblade is assistant professor of religion at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Williams College, his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his M.A. and M. Phil. from Yale University.
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Other Hillsdale College Online Courses are listed at
which include:

'Introduction to the Constitution'
The American Founders believed that the principles of the Declaration and the Constitution were not simply preferences for their own day, but were truths that the sovereign and moral people of America could always rely on as guides in their pursuit of happiness. This course considers the principles of the American Founding—which are described most famously and concisely in the Declaration of Independence—as well as key features of American government based on those principles. Led by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the course also examines the major challenges posed by Progressivism to American constitutionalism.

'Theology 101: The Western Theological Tradition'
The Western theological tradition stretches back thousands of years to the time of the ancient Hebrews. This tradition has had a profound impact on the development of Western Civilization as a whole. This course will consider the origins and development of Western theology from the Old Testament through the twentieth century.

'American Heritage—From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day'
On July 4, 1776, America—acting under the authority of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—declared its independence from Great Britain. The new nation, founded on the principle that “all Men are created equal,” eventually grew to become the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world. This course will consider the history of America from the colonial era to the present, including major challenges to the Founders’ principles.

'The U.S. Supreme Court'
Article III of the U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power “in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” According to Federalist 78, the judicial branch “will always be the least dangerous” to the liberty of the American people. Yet, judicial decisions have done much to advance a Progressive agenda that poses a fundamental threat to liberty. This course will consider several landmark Supreme Court cases in relation to the Founders’ Constitution.

'Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest'
One of the world’s greatest poets, William Shakespeare is the author of plays that have been read and performed for more than 400 years. A close study of his works reveals timeless lessons about human nature, which offer a mirror for examining one’s own character. In Hamlet and The Tempest, Shakespeare considers those virtues and vices that make self-government and statesmanship possible or impossible to achieve.

'Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint'
The American Founders wrote a Constitution that established a government limited in size and scope, whose central purpose was to secure the natural rights of all Americans. By contrast, early Progressives rejected the notion of fixed limits on government, and their political descendants continue today to seek an ever-larger role for the federal bureaucracy in American life. In light of this fundamental and ongoing disagreement over the purpose of government, this course will consider contemporary public policy issues from a constitutional viewpoint.

'Athens and Sparta'
A study of the ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta is essential for understanding the beginning of the story of Western Civilization. Moreover, such a study reveals timeless truths about the human condition that are applicable in any age. This course will consider life and government in Athens and Sparta, examine their respective roles in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, and offer some conclusions regarding their continuing relevance.

'An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance'
C.S. Lewis was the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century. He was also the author of works of fiction, including The Chronicles of Narnia, and of philosophy, including The Abolition of Man. This course will consider Lewis’s apologetics and his fiction, as well as his philosophical and literary writings, and their continuing significance today.

'Winston Churchill and Statesmanship'
Winston Churchill was the greatest statesman of the 20th century, and one of the greatest in all of history. From a young age, Churchill understood the unique dangers of modern warfare, and he worked to respond to them. Though best known for his leadership during World War II, he was also a great defender of constitutionalism. A close study of Churchill’s words and deeds offers timeless lessons about the virtues, especially prudence, required for great statesmanship.

'The Federalist Papers'*
Written between October 1787 and August 1788, The Federalist Papers is a collection of newspaper essays written in defense of the Constitution. Writing under the pen name Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay explain the merits of the proposed Constitution, while confronting objections raised by its opponents. Thomas Jefferson described the work as “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.” This course will explore major themes of The Federalist Papers, such as the problem of majority faction, separation of powers, and the three branches of government.

'A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice'
The American Founders recognized the central importance of education for the inculcation of the kind of knowledge and character that is essential to the maintenance of free government. For example, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 states, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This course will consider the older understanding of the purpose of education, the more recent Progressive approach that has become dominant today, and some essential elements of K-12 education.

'The Presidency and the Constitution'
This free, 10-week, not-for-credit course, taught by the Hillsdale College politics faculty, will help you understand the structure and function of executive power in the American constitutional order. The course begins with the place of the president in the constitutionalism of the Founding Fathers and examines how that role has changed with the rise of the modern Progressive administrative state.

'Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern'
This 11-week, not-for-credit course, taught by Hillsdale College faculty, will introduce you to great books from the Renaissance through the modern era. You will explore the writings of Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Austen, Twain, and more. This course will challenge you to seek timeless lessons regarding human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty in the pages of the great books.

'Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution'
Taught by the Hillsdale College Politics faculty, this course will introduce you to the meaning and history of the United States Constitution. The course will examine a number of original source documents from the Founding period, including especially the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. The course will also consider two significant challenges to the Founders’ Constitution: the institution of slavery and the rise of Progressivism.

'Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval'
This 11-week, not-for-credit course, taught by Hillsdale College faculty, will introduce you to great books from antiquity to the medieval period. You will explore the writings of Homer, St. Augustine, Dante, and more. This course will challenge you to seek timeless lessons regarding human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty in the pages of the great books.

'Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics'
This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With introductory and concluding lectures by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the eight lectures at its core—taught by Gary Wolfram, the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College—will focus on the foundational principles of the free market. Topics will include the relationship of supply and demand, the “information problem” behind the failure of central planning, the rise of macroeconomics under the influence of John Maynard Keynes, and the 2008 financial crisis.

'History 101: Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke'
This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With an introductory lecture by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the nine lectures—by members of Hillsdale College's history department faculty—will focus on key aspects of the beginning of Western civilization and its Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian heritage.

'Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding & the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism'
This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With introductory and concluding lectures by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the nine lectures—taught by members of Hillsdale College's politics department faculty—are a continuation of Constitution 101 (2012): The Meaning & History of the Constitution. These lectures will focus on the importance of the principles of the American Founding and the current assault on them by the Progressives.

Other Lectures and Programs

'Hillsdale Dialogues'
A Survey of Great Books, Great Men, and Great Ideas, A Weekly series featuring Hillsdale President Larry Arnn, national radio host Hugh Hewitt, and members of the Hillsdale College faculty.

'Kirby Center Lectures Archive'
Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

'Hillsdale College on YouTube'
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* And, 'The Anti-Federalist Papers':
Who were the "Antifederalists?"

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