The Bible College and Seminaries I attended used the traditional divisions or categories of Systematic Theology. Most often, these divisions are as follows:
- Bibliology – Study of the Bible
- Theology Proper – Study of God
- Anthropology – Study of Mankind
- Christology – Study of Christ
- Soteriology – Study of Salvation
- Pneumatology – Study of Holy Spirit
- Ecclesiology – Study of the Church
- Eschatology – Study of End Times
Yes, these are some of (but not nearly all) the big words of Theology.
Occasionally, I have also seen these divisions:
- Israelology - Study of Israel
- Hamartiology – Study of Sin
- Angelology – Study of Angels and Demons
- Misthology – Study of Rewards
I have written elsewhere why I think it is high time to update these categories, and eventually, I will jump into my attempt at doing so, but for now, I am just trying to summarize, reconsider, and redeem what I was taught in Bible College and Seminary.
So for this series (which is going to take a LONG time) on blogging through Seminary, I am going to use the traditional categories, but with simplified words. I will incorporate all twelve categories from above, but in the order they “appear” or are “emphasized” in the Bible.
So the order will be as follows:
- Holy Spirit
- End Times
This is not a perfect order, and maybe I will change it as I go, but for now, it will have to do.
Any predictions on how long this is going to take? I wonder who will get bored of this first? Me or you? The good thing is that I won’t be doing this non-stop. We will intersperse it with posts about other topics and writing projects of mine.