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Reformed Theology

April 3 - May 4

Date:  This is a hybrid course which will meet requirements for Christian educator certification in the PC(USA); at-home work begins on April 3, 2017; in-class time is May 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. through May 4, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Location:  Richmond campus

Led byTom James, Ph.D.

Cost: $295.

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This class meets the requirements for Christian Education certification in the PC(USA), but is open to anyone interested in the topic.

Description of the class:

The Presbyterian Church (USA) derives its theological identity from the 16thcentury reformers, especially John Calvin, and from subsequent Reformed creeds brought together in the Book of Confessions as part of the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Rooted in the Bible and embracing the ecumenical Christian creeds of the early church, Reformed theology developed distinctive Calvinistic theological perspectives throughout Europe, in the United States, and in a variety of international contexts.  Knowledge of this rich theological heritage and the role it has played and continues to play in the world today is foundational for effective Christian education in the church.

This thirty hour hybrid course is designed to provide Christian educators with knowledge of and an appreciation for the theological tradition that is foundational for the Presbyterian Church (USA), its historical contexts, and its contemporary significance for the life of the church. By means of focused reading assignments, on-line exchanges, class lectures, small group curriculum writing exercises, and personal research, students will be able to gain a basic understanding of the Reformed theological tradition.

Course Goals:  Satisfactory completion of this course will enable the student to

  1. Have a basic theological understanding of the character and historical development of Reformed theology from the 16th century to the present;
  2. Become familiar with the principles of Biblical interpretation underlying Reformed theology;
  3. Compare the Reformed theological tradition with other theological perspectives; and
  4. Develop curricular materials appropriate for teaching and interpreting Reformed theology to the contemporary church.

Course Requirements: Students will have four main responsibilities to complete this certification course:

  1. Carefully read the weekly assignments from Introducing the Reformed Faith by Donald McKim and Theology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered Species by Douglas Ottati, and keep a journal of your questions and comments on the reading assignments. All reading assignments must be completed before coming to campus.
  1. Post a SHORT selection from your journal on Blackboard at least once each week and respond BRIEFLY but substantively to at least two other students’ postings on Blackboard each week.
  1. Participate in the on-campus classes and curriculum writing groups.
  1. Submit an 8-12 page paper (double spaced 12 point font) describing the curriculum (content, pedagogical strategies, and resources) you would use to teach an adult Christian education class entitled “Reformed Theology 101.”


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Click here for at-home assignments and in-class schedule.


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