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Mobile Ed: TH212 A Reformed Doctrine of God: Essence and Attributes (7 hour course)

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, 2017–2019
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A Reformed Doctrine of God: Trinitarian Foundation (TH211) provides a comprehensive overview of the most vital piece of systematic theology in the Reformed tradition: the doctrine of God. With a specific focus on the Trinity, Dr. K. Scott Oliphint presents both biblical and extrabiblical evidence, considering the testimony of Scripture as well as other methods of revelation which God uses even today. In the final section, the course covers the shaping of Trinitarian doctrine and language throughout church history, illuminating the backstories to various controversies.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify the various ways the attributes of God can be categorized
  • Discuss the coexistence of God’s attributes, such as his immutability and relationality
  • Identify key characteristics of the essence of God
  • Discuss the covenantal and redemptive aspects of God’s relationship with humanity
  • Compare and contrast the views of John Calvin and Lutheran theology regarding the nature of Christ
  • Discuss the intersection of God’s will and God’s knowledge
  • Define and discuss “middle knowledge”
  • Describe the relationship between the decrees and providence of God

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Attributes of God

  • Categorical Distinctions of Our Trinitarian God
  • Categories of Attributes
  • The Problem of the Creator in Atheistic Arguments
  • Historical Illustrations of the Creator-Creation Relationship
  • An Immutable God with a Contingent Will
  • Addressing the Coexistence of Immutability and Relationality
  • Modes of God’s Will
  • Knowing God’s Essence
  • Essential Characteristics of God
  • Covenantal Condescension
  • The Power of Determined Relationship and Redemption
  • The Covenantal-Redemptive Creator

Unit 2: Covenant Redemption and the Second Person of the Trinity

  • The Centrality of the Doctrine of Christ
  • Views of Old Testament Incarnations
  • New Testament References to the Old Testament Christ
  • The Need for the Council of Chalcedon
  • Understanding the Hypostatic Union
  • Reconciling the Divine and Human Characteristics of Christ
  • Extra Calvinisticum
  • The Reduplicative Strategy
  • The Economic Trinity
  • The Covenant of Redemption Found in the Pactum Salutis
  • The Wrath and Will of God
  • The Tension of the Ontology and Relationality of God
  • Absolute and Relative Properties of God
  • God’s Covenantal Character
  • The Uncontested and Invisible Characteristics of God

Unit 3: Essential Characteristics of God

  • The Simplicity of God
  • Challenges to the Simplicity of God
  • Rejection of the Simplicity of God
  • The Infinity of God
  • Views on Eternity: Part 1
  • Views on Eternity: Part 2
  • The Immensity of God
  • The Immutability of God
  • The Impassibility of God
  • The Omnipotence of God
  • The Goodness of God

Unit 4: The Workings of God

  • God Is What He Thinks He Is
  • More on the Knowledge of God
  • Middle Knowledge
  • The Will of God
  • The Relationship of God’s Decretive Will and Preceptive Will
  • Decrees of God
  • The Glory of God
  • The Argument for Reprobation
  • The Doctrine of Election
  • The Debate of Supralapsarianism and Infralapsarianism
  • The Overlap of Decrees and Providence
  • Three Views of Providence


  • Concluding the Course

Product Details

  • Title: TH212 A Reformed Doctrine of God: Essence and Attributes
  • Instructor: K. Scott Oliphint
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 7

About Dr. K. Scott Oliphint

Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, PhD, is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and the author of numerous articles and books, including Is There a Reformed Objection to Natural Theology?: A Review Article, Using Reason by Faith, Bavinck’s Realism, the Logos Principle and Sola Scriptura, Something Much Too Plain to Say, Epistemology and Christian Belief, and Plantinga on Warrant. His books include The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Reasons for Faith, God with Us, and his most recent book, Covenantal Apologetics. He’s also the coeditor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.

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