Divisions of Systematic Theology

Systematic TheologyThe Bible College and Seminaries I attended used the traditional divisions or categories of Systematic Theology. Most often, these divisions are as follows:

  1. Bibliology – Study of the Bible
  2. Theology Proper – Study of God
  3. Anthropology – Study of Mankind
  4. Christology – Study of Christ
  5. Soteriology – Study of Salvation
  6. Pneumatology – Study of Holy Spirit
  7. Ecclesiology – Study of the Church
  8. 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:

  1. Israelology  - Study of Israel
  2. Hamartiology – Study of Sin
  3. Angelology – Study of Angels and Demons
  4. 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:

  1. Bible
  2. God
  3. Humanity
  4. Sin
  5. Israel
  6. Jesus
  7. Salvation
  8. Holy Spirit
  9. Church
  10. End Times
  11. Angels
  12. Rewards

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.



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  1. Elias Toscano on Facebook says

    For those of you with a Dispensational bent ( no pun intended) I would suggest Israelogy-The Missing Link In Systematic Theology by Dr. Arnold Fructenbaum, it gives a fair comparison of the significant milliennial,positions pre, post, amill. Very scholarly book, that sheds much light on Sys. Theo. at large hence the title Missing Link.

    • says

      Elias,
      Yes, that is a fantastic book. I put it under “Israelology” but it could go under Introduction to Theology, Bibliology, Ecclesiology, or even Eschatology.

  2. says

    I think you made a good point in your last paragraph. Sermons, lectures and lessons on theology don’t connect with everyone. Think of the classic “Mr. Bean Goes to Church” (the words of the sermon are unintelligible) where Mr. Bean keeps falling asleep.

    Jeremy, you just gave me a great idea for the post I’m planning to write later today for Graceground on “Being The Church In The Community – Part 2″. I just finished “preaching” a three hour “sermon”. People paid attention, stayed awake and asked questions which indicated that they got the point and are thinking about it. If you get a chance to read it after I get it posted you can tell us what kind of theology you think it is.

  3. Mandy Daames on Facebook says

    These are some pretty big concepts,so thanx for putting it into plain simple english for all of us who love knowledge.

    • says

      Loren,

      How detailed do you think I should get? I don’t think I can really just “dupliate” the notes right here on the blog, since that would be quite boring. But I want to give enough information that makes them worth while. Any suggestions?

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