Olivet University Dover Begins 2021 Spring Course Theological Prolegomena (Module B)

Olivet University Dover has begun the Master of Divinity course Theological Prolegomena (Module B) in person for the 2021 Spring quarter.

The course module is an opportunity for students to take a deep dive into the richness of Christian tradition and heritage from history from a variety of perspectives based on the Word of God, in service for ministry preparation.

The English literary critic C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) says, “My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others. … In reading great literature, I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see.” 

Taught by Dr. Linda Lee, this course mainly examines the development of major theological doctrines, landmark events in church history, and representative theologians of four major historical periods in church history. The course spans the time from the patristic period to the present day. The instructor also will give a general overview of China Christian theological thought over the course period.

“Just as the 16th-century Reformation sought to bring theology back in line with the truth of Scripture, students need to remember that only from the Bible can we find the fundamental standards to measure the validity of various doctrines,” she said.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the development of theology over the course of four historical periods: the Patristic Period (c.100-451); the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c.500-1500); the Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods (1500-1750); and the Modern Period  (1750-the Present Day);
  • Understand the development of theology in these four historical periods;
  • Know the important theologians of these four historical periods and understand their major thoughts without referring to textbooks or other materials; and
  • Make sound judgments according to the Holy Scripture about the development of the theological thoughts of a theologian the student selects to study independently