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Historical Theology
Zondervan Academic

Historical Theology

Rather than following the history of Christianity and presenting various doctrines as they arise, this course traces the development of vital Christian theology topic by topic.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to key theologians and most significant doctrinal discussions in church history
  • Overview of the core areas of Christian theology and how they developed over time
  • Access to all course material—video lectures, readings, key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Most historical theology studies follow Christian beliefs chronologically, discussing notable doctrinal developments for all areas of theology according to their historical appearance. While this may be good history, it can make for confusing theology, with the classic theological doctrines scattered throughout various time periods, movements, and controversies.

In the Historical Theology course, Gregg Allison offers students the opportunity to study the historical development of theology by a topical-chronological arrangement, setting out the history one doctrine at a time. This approach allows students to concentrate on one tenet of Christianity and its formulation in the early church through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and finally into the modern period.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Historical Theology
  2. Canon and Inspiration
  3. Authority and Inerrancy
  4. Clarity, Sufficiency, and Interpretation of Scripture
  5. God
  6. Creation, Providence, Angels, Satan, and Demons
  7. Creation, the Nature of Humanity, and Sin
  8. The Person of Christ, Atonement, and the Resurrection
  9. The Holy Spirit
  10. Election, Reprobation, and Regeneration
  11. Justification, Sanctification, and Perseverance
  12. The Church
  13. Church Ordinances and Worship
  14. Christ's Return and the Millennium
  15. Final Judgment, Eternal Punishment, and the New Heavens and Earth


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Gregg Allison
Dr. Gregg Allison

Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Gregg Allison (PhD) is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he teaches systematic theology. Previously he served on Cru staff at the University of Notre Dame and overseas in Italy and the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. He is a pastor of Sojourn Community Church, and is the theological strategist for Sojourn Network, a church planting network of about thirty churches. He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine; Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church; and Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment.