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Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies

By Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

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This course is a primer on the Reformed faith that introduces you to the history, figures, and theology behind the Reformed movement. Topics covered by Dr. Thomas include: the lives of Calvin, Pelagius, and Augustine, the Reformation, Puritan theology, total depravity, election, substitutionary atonement, effectual calling, and the perseverance of the saints. In this course you’ll not only come to understand the Biblical basis for reformed theology, but you will also be encouraged and challenged to embrace the practical reality of living according to a God-centered, God-glorifying worldview.

Customer Reviews

Calvinism, not Pastoral Studies

I did not register for the course or read the assigned material.

I think that a better name for this course would have been “Primer on Calvinism.” Just about all the theological studies are Calvinistic in nature (if one counts schools of thought that arose to oppose Calvinism) and there is nothing “pastoral” in the sense of tending to “the flock.”

Resetting expectations, then, this is an excellent primer on Calvinism. It discusses the historical antecedents of Calvinism, the development of Calvinism through John Calvin and Theodore Beza and the Synod of Dort, the reactions to Calvinism, and the Five Points of Calvinism in greater depth than I’ve heard in any other presentation.

Dr. Thomas’s teaching style is one of explanation or persuasion as opposed to academic exploration or exhortation. He raises opposing points of view only to explain why they are wrong, but at least he addresses them. There is no doubt as to where Dr. Thomas stands on any issue he raises.

The recording quality is better than some iTunes U courses offered by Reformed Theological Seminary in the past but it is still less than professional. The volume of Dr. Thomas’s voice varies and sometimes it is difficult to hear the more quiet end of the spectrum.

I recommend this as an entry level course for someone interested in learning about Reformed theology.

Very good

A great introduction to Calvinism. Thomas is a very intelligent man.