Hello all... This thread is being co-sponsored by TCGreek, reformedbeliever, and myself. Let me give you a little background. As most of you know, I am ABC-USA, and part of the WVBC (West Virginia Baptist Convention) In the WVBC we have the School of Christian Studies... The School of Christian Studies (SCS)was set up yrs ago as a way to train ministers that would not be able to go to Seminary. It is a 3 yr program in which the student will attend classes, both 6 week classes, and one day classes. The class schedule is on a 3 yr rotating basis... It now has a Pastoral degree, Lay degree, teacher degree, and youth degree. After having dropped out of college, and then marriage, children, etc... God called me to preach... I wanted to further my education but because of the financial situation plus having a family, going away was out of the question. I did take some classes through Andersonville, but they were fluff classes to me.. I had learned that stuff in Sunday School... So, I have been taking classes through SCS on and off now for about 5 yrs... I am almost finished, I just have to have a few more of the one day classes, and I can graduate this October at the annual meeting of our state convention... This will give my ordination state and national accredidation. Plus, Palmer Theological Seminary (Formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) has partnered with WVBC to provide seminary training, and M.Div degrees... Click here for more information Starting in 2009, I plan on taking their extension classes for my M.div. OK, having said all of that, here is what is going on: Right now the class, Theology 1 is being taught through the SCS. It will be taught for 6 weeks.. (It started last week, and will go through Feb 14) We will then take a week off, and then start Theology 2. The classes are usually held once a week (Thursdays).. but because of scheduling conflicts, we will have our class tonight (Friday) I am auditing both classes because, 1, I love the study, and 2, I have a few members in my church that are taking the classes for the first time, and I wanted them to be comfortable. Theology 1, and Theology 2 are both using the book, "Introducing Christian Doctrine" by Millard J. Erickson. Each week, we are discussing another section in the book... Last week, we discussed what theology was, and revelation... How we received the Bible... Tonight we will be discussing God... The Nature of God The Doctrine of God The Greatness of God The Goodness of God God's Three in Oneness: The Trinity The Work of God God's Plan God's originating Work: Creation God's continuing Work: Providence Evil and God's World God's special Agents: Angels Last week in another thread this book was mentioned, and TCGreek, Reformedbeliever, and I thought it would be a good thing to start a thread in which we talk about the book, theology, etc... and correspond with the classes I am auditing... IOWS, this week we will discuss God, next week starting Thursday, we will discuss humanity... etc... I have also obtained permission from the instructor to share this thread with the other students in class... so we will be having visitors... so play nice!!! Let's have a intelligent, rational discussion on theology. Since Reformedbeliever and TCGreek are calvinistic, and I am not... I thought it would be interesting for the other students to see intelligent humans discussing theology from different systems of thought... without arguing. Everyone is invited to participate. I just ask that you play nice, and discuss the subjects rationally, and intelligently. Reformed, TC, and I are going to disagree over things.. but that is OK... That is what theology is about.. That is how we learn... But while we disagree, we will still be civil. (I think Dr Bob, will be joining us also) Erickson is Calvinistic, so his book is written from that POV. Oh, one more thing... Although we come at this book from differing POVs, we will not be trying to win people over to our side, this is more of an educational thread.