Theological Studies

"The ultimate goal of theology is not knowledge, but worship. If our learning and knowledge of God do not lead to the joyful praise of God, we have failed."

Sam Storms

Faith Embraced in Understanding

If it is true that God is infinitely greater than any created thing, including the human mind,

If it is true that finite creatures differ from one another only finitely (because they are all creatures),

THEN Theology is the most noble and difficult of human intellectual endeavors. For when we turn our minds to the heights of the heavens or the depths of the sub-atomic level, however difficult these investigations may be, we are nevertheless looking at things that are of the same sort as we are. But when we turn our minds to God, we have before us that which so exceeds our capacity that we should have no knowledge of it whatsoever if it did not offer itself to us to be known.

But, as is said in the quote above, the end of theology is not merely knowledge about God, but the type of knowledge that turns over effortlessly into worship. Indeed, I would say that theology, rightly done, is a way of obeying the command to worship God with our minds.

And so in these courses I am to make the richness of the Christian intellectual tradition and the inexhaustibility of the mysteries of Christian doctrine available to everyone with a heart to explore them. These courses make the same excellence in theological education that I offered at places like Yale available to you. Each of these courses offers seminary level content, in a form that is accessible to the layperson without being dumbed down.

So come inside, and think along with the thoughts of God.

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Theological Studies Courses

The Christian faith is an intellectually rigorous account of the nature of reality. Courses in this area challenge you to think along with some of the greatest minds of human history, men and women who felt that intellect without devotion was vain, and so ever sought to elevate their reflection into worship.

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Theological Studies

Collations Series

In these informal events, I explore big questions , usually with a practical angle. The goal is to bring deep truths to bear on the way we encounter the world, and to offer a space for guided conversation about weighty matters. From the dynamics of reading Scripture to the necessity of dragons, these events challenge and inspire.

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Glimpses

Glimpses Series

This series of videos considers questions of deep import, from theological, philosophical, and cultural perspectives. The pure, the noble, the praiseworthy, and the beautiful, the good, and the true are the concerns here.

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Theological Studies Courses

Theological Literacy

This course introduces the core doctrines of the Christian faith (Trinity, Christology, atonement, and grace) through readings of primary texts written at decisive moments in the development of those doctrines.

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Tuition: $250

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The Wisdom of Possibility

This course presents a robust theology of the imagination. We will examine the nature of the imagination, its place in human cognition, and how it functions.

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Cost: $500

Meets weekly for 12 weeks

The Father of Lights

What has the experience of beauty to do with our relationship to God? What place does it have in the Christian life? This course offers a rare opportunity to study a book that offers new insight into these questions in conversation with the author. Topics include the nature of beauty and the role of sanctification in seeing beauty, as well as reflections on language, metaphor, culture, and worship practices.

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Tuition: $500

Meets weekly for 8 weeks

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Collations

In these informal events, I explore big questions , usually with a practical angle. The goal is to bring deep truths to bear on the way we encounter the world, and to offer a space for guided conversation about weighty matters. From the dynamics of reading Scripture to the necessity of dragons, these events challenge and inspire.

Glimpses Video Series

The world is deeper, richer, and in general more than we experience on a daily basis. But the beauty, truth, goodness, and splendor of it break through the defenses of our inattention and obsession with the mundane. In such moments, we get glimpses. This series magnifies such glimpses in the service of developing a fuller life.

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More About Our Classes

Primary Texts

All of our courses focus on reading primary texts. That means that you won't be reading about Tolkien or Aquinas, you'll be reading them. A major goal of our courses is to introduce you to books and authors that will become lifelong companions on your journey.

Small Class Sizes

A small teacher-student ratio means that you will get individualized attention and that there will always be room for your questions and ideas in the discussion.

Guided Seminar Format

Lecture classes don't allow students a role in the discussion, while seminars can sometimes be so given over to student presentations and input that the voice of the teacher gets lost. Our guided seminar combines the best of these approaches, making you a true partner in dialogue with an expert.

Synchronous Instruction

Classes are taught live, and there is ample opportunity to ask questions about things that are confusing or unclear.

Video Make-up

Classes are recorded, so if you have to miss a session for a schedule conflict or outside need, you can watch the video to get caught up.

Affordable

You will find our class prices aggressively competitive with comparable instruction. And because we know that even these prices are not accessible to all, we also offer payment arrangements and financial aid.

Generous Refund Policy

Sometimes in life, things change. We've got you covered with a refund policy that offers you a full refund through the end of the first class, and a tiered structure after that, so that you can register with confidence.

Fun and Respectful Classroom

We inject humor into our classes, modeling the fact that learning is fun. And yet this is never at the expense of anyone, and your voice and value will be protected and nurtured at all times.

Experienced Instruction

Dr. Johnson has taught for over 20 years in a variety of settings, from public schools to Ivy League universities.  He brings years of thinking about the craft of teaching and the deft touch of a practiced hand to every class he teaches.

Elite Qualifications

Dr. Johnson has published 4 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles, received 4 master's degrees and a PhD from Yale, and lectured around the country in top universities and at various conferences. His work is recognized for its scholarly rigor and deep insight, and he is known to be a dynamic and engaging speaker.

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