Theology for Normal People

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Dive into a transformative online course that seeks not just to answer eight of the most poignant God questions, but also to unravel the very fabric of theological thought. Guided by renowned theologians, the course invites participants into the heart of Christian tradition, exploring the diverse schools of thought and the nuances that define them. Hosted by Dr. Tripp Fuller and Dr. Pete Enns, this journey transcends simple answers, beckoning participants to engage with the methodology and complexity of theological thinking.

4 Deep-Dive Sessions with Tripp and Pete (see below) – Each session, Tripp and Pete unpack the intricacies of different theological schools, shedding light on their unique methodologies, sources, and engagements with contemporary challenges.

Framing Conversations with Contributing Theologians – Video interviews with each contributing theologian describing how they think theologically and what we can learn from the different schools of Christian thought. Each theologian will also answer all 8 big questions.

WEEK 1: The Tapestry of Theological Thought & Understanding the Divine
Introductory Session: How Theologians Think – Tripp and Pete kick off the journey by outlining the varying approaches to theology, highlighting the sources theologians draw from and the ever-evolving nature of theological inquiry.

Who is God? – We dive deep into different Christian visions of God.

Why are there so many religions? – We explore the rise and significance of diverse religious expressions within and outside the Christian tradition.

WEEK 2: Scripture, Suffering, and Theological Interpretations
What is the Bible good for? – We will discuss the multifaceted role of the Bible, considering its historical, moral, spiritual, and theological dimensions and the different ways Christian theologians see its authority.

If God is good and loving, why is there so much evil and suffering? – Here, we dig into the problem of evil, exploring varied Christian responses rooted in different theological starting points and commitments.

WEEK 3: Divine Mystery and Engaging with Belief
If God wants to be known, why is the knowledge of God’s existence so obscured? – Together, we will broach the theme of divine hiddenness, contrasting how different theological perspectives make sense of religious experience and its absence.

Why are you not an atheist? – What are positive reasons for belief in God? The scholars will synthesize personal reflections and critical arguments for faith, highlighting how different schools approach the intersection of faith and reason.

WEEK 4: Christology and Encounters Beyond Institutional Boundaries
How does Jesus shape your understanding of God? – Christians insist that Jesus mediates our encounter with God, but after that, the answers are diverse. How was God in Christ? How is the historical Jesus related to the Christ of Faith? What did God do in Christ that we couldn’t do for ourselves? We will explore varying Christological perspectives and their implications for understanding God.

How is God revealed and encountered beyond the church?- How can Christian theology acknowledge, honor, or even learn from divine encounters beyond our confessional boundaries? How do different theological trajectories validate or question these experiences?

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is a biblical scholar who teaches and writes on Old Testament, New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the intersection of biblical studies and contemporary Christian faith. He has taught extensively at the seminary and doctoral levels (Westminster Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Biblical Theological Seminary) and on the undergraduate level (Temple University and Messiah College). He speaks actively in academic and ecclesiastical venues on topics pertaining the Bible and Christian faith. He has written or edited over a dozen books and many articles and essays.

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Dive into a transformative online course that seeks not just to answer eight of the most poignant God questions, but also to unravel the very fabric of theological thought. Guided by renowned theologians, the course invites participants into the heart of Christian tradition, exploring the diverse schools of thought and the nuances that define them. Hosted by Dr. Tripp Fuller and Dr. Pete Enns, this journey transcends simple answers, beckoning participants to engage with the methodology and complexity of theological thinking.

4 Deep-Dive Sessions with Tripp and Pete (see below) – Each session, Tripp and Pete unpack the intricacies of different theological schools, shedding light on their unique methodologies, sources, and engagements with contemporary challenges.

Framing Conversations with Contributing Theologians – Video interviews with each contributing theologian describing how they think theologically and what we can learn from the different schools of Christian thought. Each theologian will also answer all 8 big questions.

WEEK 1: The Tapestry of Theological Thought & Understanding the Divine
Introductory Session: How Theologians Think – Tripp and Pete kick off the journey by outlining the varying approaches to theology, highlighting the sources theologians draw from and the ever-evolving nature of theological inquiry.

Who is God? – We dive deep into different Christian visions of God.

Why are there so many religions? – We explore the rise and significance of diverse religious expressions within and outside the Christian tradition.

WEEK 2: Scripture, Suffering, and Theological Interpretations
What is the Bible good for? – We will discuss the multifaceted role of the Bible, considering its historical, moral, spiritual, and theological dimensions and the different ways Christian theologians see its authority.

If God is good and loving, why is there so much evil and suffering? – Here, we dig into the problem of evil, exploring varied Christian responses rooted in different theological starting points and commitments.

WEEK 3: Divine Mystery and Engaging with Belief
If God wants to be known, why is the knowledge of God’s existence so obscured? – Together, we will broach the theme of divine hiddenness, contrasting how different theological perspectives make sense of religious experience and its absence.

Why are you not an atheist? – What are positive reasons for belief in God? The scholars will synthesize personal reflections and critical arguments for faith, highlighting how different schools approach the intersection of faith and reason.

WEEK 4: Christology and Encounters Beyond Institutional Boundaries
How does Jesus shape your understanding of God? – Christians insist that Jesus mediates our encounter with God, but after that, the answers are diverse. How was God in Christ? How is the historical Jesus related to the Christ of Faith? What did God do in Christ that we couldn’t do for ourselves? We will explore varying Christological perspectives and their implications for understanding God.

How is God revealed and encountered beyond the church?- How can Christian theology acknowledge, honor, or even learn from divine encounters beyond our confessional boundaries? How do different theological trajectories validate or question these experiences?

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is a biblical scholar who teaches and writes on Old Testament, New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the intersection of biblical studies and contemporary Christian faith. He has taught extensively at the seminary and doctoral levels (Westminster Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Biblical Theological Seminary) and on the undergraduate level (Temple University and Messiah College). He speaks actively in academic and ecclesiastical venues on topics pertaining the Bible and Christian faith. He has written or edited over a dozen books and many articles and essays.