Certificate in Theology

CUGN’s Certificate in Theology is designed for any Christian who desires a deeper understanding of God and particularly for those who share biblical truths with others either professionally or personally. The selected courses are designed to equip Christian leaders in key areas of theology and spiritual formation.

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Core 2: Semester-Based

Course Description

This course will help to teach you the basic research and writing skills that are necessary for clear and accurate written communication.  The goal is to prepare you for research project requirements for courses at CUGN, but also in any academic endeavor you might pursue.  The course includes five lectures on topics including selecting a topic, conducting research, citing sources, ethics and legalities, and, finally, proofreading and publishing.  These topics, which are succinctly presented, will serve as an online resource for you to return to often in your academic pursuits.  The ultimate goal of this course is to equip you to deliver clear written communication, not just in your studies but throughout your life.

Credits

0 Credits

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Linda Triemstra-Cook

Syllabus

Course Description

Spiritual formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like His Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Dr. Richard Averbeck addresses these and other questions in order to lay a biblical foundation for proper Christian thought and behavior. In this course, he identifies and describes specific practices that can be applied immediately to your walk of faith.

This course is designed to help students grow in intimacy with God and to mature in spiritual life and relationships. Averbeck traces the work of the Holy Spirit through the Old and New Testaments and identifies specific spiritual practices that encourage growth in the spiritual life. The course utilizes lectures from SF403 as a basis for the practice of contemplative exercises and online discussion of issues related to the spiritual life.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

How is spirituality formed both in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice, giving special attention to spiritual formation through prayer, meditation, and personal disciplines. The lectures form a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that will affect both the individual and the church.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Theology can be intimidating for beginners. Many students have been overwhelmed by the diversity of opinions and sheer volume of information to comprehend. If they are to succeed in theological studies they must first establish a foundation of concepts and terminology on which to build their theological framework. In this course, Dr. Frame covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of orienting listeners to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word. Focusing on the overarching theme of God’s Lordship, Dr. Frame uses three “Lordship Attributes” (control, authority and presence) to organize the doctrines and help listeners remember and apply them to life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

John M. Frame, D.D.

Syllabus

Core 3: Directed-Study

Course Description

Since His ascension, Christians have asked questions about Jesus. What was His nature? What role did He play in creation? For whom did He die? In this course, Dr. C. Fred Dickason takes learners through an indepth study of Christ in an attempt to understand His person, nature, teachings and work. Known as Christology, the study of Christ brings learners face-to-face with the most important event in history as individuals unpack the Bible’s teachings on Jesus. Learners will be stimulated intellectually and spiritually as they visit the decisions reached by the early church councils and explore the questions raised since then. Christology is a wonderful journey that reinforces the firm foundation of the faith and helps the church be equipped to share that faith with a lost world.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

C. Fred Dickason, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Soteriology means different things to different people. Buddhism views salvation as a death of desire. Hinduism sees salvation as an end to samsara. Muslims surrender themselves as they repent and atone for their sins while Sikhism looks to one’s personal meditation and discipline to achieve union with God. But what about Christianity? What does the Bible teach about salvation. In this course, Dr. H. Phillip Hook explores the Scripture’s teachings on soteriology in order to know how one is saved and to understand the impact of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

H. Phillip Hook, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course introduces students to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.  Its method is systematic, but it locates each topic within Scripture and with reference to formative historical concerns.  The class assumes some familiarity with the Bible, although not a lot; it is intended primarily to serve as a general education survey.


The course recognizes that the discipline of theology itself is not well understood, and therefore strives not only to teach theological content, but also method.  It invites students into the act of “faith-thinking” (fides quaerens intellectum), aiming to cultivate the lifelong virtue of intellectual obedience to the Word of God.

Credits

Course Duration

Professor

Aaron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

For good or for bad, philosophy has played a pivotal role in the development of theology and culture. In this course, learners examine the major trends in contemporary theological thought in light of their philosophical contexts. The course begins with a review of the major developments in Western thought prior to Hegel, and then explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich. The course culminates in the “Death of God” theologies of Paul Van Buren and Thomas Altizer. The course enables learners to evaluate contemporary, non-evangelical theologies and to recognize their impact on everyday life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

As ambassadors for Christ and the Gospel, we must understand the true nature of man and the magnitude of his sin. This course presents a critical and historical overview of positions regarding the nature of mankind: both as the image of God and as corrupted by sin. The course presents a distinct Reformed anthropology coupled with a fair treatment of differing views and objections. Important and controversial questions regarding the origin of evil, the nature of man, and the effects of sin on humanity are all considered, allowing students to draw informed conclusions on these and other key issues.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” No question is more important or more debated than this one posed by the Philippian jailer. This course presents a critical and historical overview of the message, plan, and components of salvation. The lectures trace each element of the salvation process, from God’s decree to our final glorification and union with Christ. Topics such as the order of salvation, the nature of justification, and the possibility of perfection are given in-depth treatment. The course emphasizes a Reformed view of salvation, while offering fair treatment to all sides.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

To know God and to make Him known is our highest calling. By studying the historic, classic, and orthodox doctrine of the Holy Trinity, learners discover how and why the doctrine emerged in the fourth century, as well as the various and progressive ways this doctrine has been understood throughout history. Throughout the course, Dr. Toon demonstrates that a right understanding of the Trinity is essential to a right understanding of God’s relation to man and man’s relation to God.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Peter Toon, D.Phil.

Syllabus

Course Description

Post-Modernism is having a profound influence on the Church, from within and without. Changing ideas about the source and nature of truth are affecting Christians’ lives and ministry. In this course, learners examine current trends in contemporary theology, and how these trends arose. The course focuses on the theologies that were prevalent in the 1960’s, including Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and four forms of Post-modern Theology. Students are encouraged to draw from the course content so as to relate and communicate better to their post-modern world.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Aaron T. Smith, PhD

Education: Marquette University, PhD Bethel Seminary-San Diego, MDiv California State University-San Diego, BA   Teaching Career: Associate Professor of Theology, Colorado Christian University Affiliate Professor, Bethel Seminary-San Diego   Publications: A Theology of the Third Article: Karl Barth and the Spirit of the Word Numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works, and dictionaries or encyclopedias    

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Linda Triemstra Cook

Teaching Career: Co-teacher of the Writer’s Publishing Workshop held twice each year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary   Other Career Highlights: Owner, Gold Leaf Editorial Services Editor of trade and academic books, with emphasis on reference works and commentaries Editor of seven Gold Medallion winners  

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H. Phillip Hook, ThD (1932-2011)

Education: Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM and ThD Westmont College, AB Adrian College and the University of Buffalo, summer research studies   Teaching Career: Professor of Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary (1969-1975) Dean of Students, Wheaton College (1967-1969) Professor and then Chairman of the Bible and Philosophy Department, Wheaton College (1965-1967) Named Wheaton College’s Junior Teacher of the Year his first year on the faculty Dean of Men, Philadelphia Bible College (1959-1962)   Other Career Highlights:…

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Peter Toon, DPhil (1939-2009)

Education: Oxford University, DPhil University of London and Liverpool University, three master’s degrees Cliff College, King’s College, and the University of Durham   Teaching Career: Lecturer at schools around the world (1970s-2009) Taught and lectured at more than 50 institutions worldwide, including Oxford, St. John’s College of Cambridge University, the University of Dunham, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor Systematic Theology, Nashotah House (1990-1993)  …

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Gordon T. Smith, PhD

Education: Loyola School of Theology, the Ateneo de Manila University, PhD Canadian Theological Seminary, MDiv   Teaching Career: Academic Vice President, Regent College Dean, Regent College Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College Researched key studies in Christian living, including the Lord’s Supper, Christian Spirituality, and Christian Community Theology instructor, Canadian Theological Seminary Theology instructor, Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines   Other Career Highlights: President of reSource Leadership International Pastor in Canada and the…

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Roger R. Nicole, PhD, ThD (1915-2010)

Education: Wheaton College, DD Harvard University, PhD Gordon Divinity, STM and ThD Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, MA Gordon Divinity, BD Gymnasie Classique in Lausanne, Switzerland, AB   Teaching Career: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary Bedrock of Systematic and Christian Theology for Gordon and later Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1945-1986), where he solidified his reputation as one of the leading Christian teachers, writers, and scholars in the world Taught and preached at the finest institutes…

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Richard E. Averbeck, PhD

Education: Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, PhD Grace Theological Seminary, MDiv and MA Calvary Bible College, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-1994) Chairman of the Old Testament Department, Grace Theological Seminary (1980-1990) Visiting lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology in Copenhagen and Åarhus, Denmark Preached and taught in China, across Germany, and West Africa Expertise in Old Testament…

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John M. Frame, DD

Education: Belhaven College, DD Yale University, MPhil Westminster Theological Seminary, BD Princeton University, AB   Teaching Career: D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary Founding faculty member (taught apologetics and theology courses), Westminster Theological Seminary, California (1980-2000) Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (1968-1980) Balanced time between teaching and extensive academic research   Other Career Highlights: Discerning…

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John S. Feinberg, PhD

Education: University of Iowa, postgraduate work University of Chicago, MA and PhD Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, ThM Talbot Theological Seminary, MDiv University of California, BA   Teaching Career: Department Chair and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor at Liberty Baptist Seminary and College (1981-1983) Professor at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (1976-1981) Visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary Guest lecturer at numerous schools across the United States Visiting professor in Germany…

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C. Fred Dickason, ThD

Education: Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM and ThD Iowa State College, BS   Teaching Career: Chairman of the Theology Department, Moody Bible Institute (1968-1995) Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute Received the Faculty Citation Award from the Moody alumni association for his outstanding contributions to Christianity (1976) Named an Outstanding Educator of America (1974) Voted by students at Moody to have the school’s arch named in his honor (1972)   Other Career Highlights: Ordained at Grace…

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