Historical Theology II

Dr. Donald Fortson headshotDESCRIPTION: This general introduction to Christian theology in the Reformation, Post-Reformation and Modern eras focuses on the key persons, movements and ideas that have made significant contributions to the history of the Church.  Special attention will be given to exploring how experiences and insights from the Christian past inform contemporary faith and practice.

At the conclusion of the course, students should have a general grasp of Christian history and theology during these periods and a basic knowledge of the major personalities and ecclesiastical issues. Students should be able to make clear connections between the Protestant past and contemporary Evangelicalism.

DATES: May 17 – Aug 20 **online tutorials will be scheduled by course tutor

FORMAT: Students will watch online lectures by Dr. Fortson and also participate in video-conference tutorials with other students and the course tutor, the Rev. Eric Speece.  In addition to lectures and tutorials, students will also have weekly reading and assignments corresponding to the level at which they have chosen to take the course.  Rev. Dr. Rollin Grams is the professor of record for this course.

BIO: Dr. Fortson joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary as Associate Professor of Church History in 1997. Prior to RTS, he served as Assistant Professor of Ministry and the Director of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before his teaching career, Dr. Fortson was a pastor for nine years; he continues his pastoral ministry through teaching, preaching in local churches and leadership in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In addition to his work at RTS, he has been a visiting professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and lectures in other venues throughout the region on church history.

COST: For seminary credit with Gordon Conwell – $900 ~OR~ For continuing education/audit – $350. Audit students will participate in tutorials, but have less reading and assignments, and receive a pass/fail grade.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev’d Randy Forrester (RForrester@RidleyInstitute.com) – 843-284-4320.

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