Lecture Courses

God Is – An Introduction To Theology Proper

Theology has a twofold goal: to know truths about God and to understand their reasons or explanations.

In this engaging twenty-hour video lecture series from Ryan Hurd, the listener will embark on a sweeping journey considering what theologians traditionally called the “divines names” of God. This includes not merely well-known titles usually ascribed to God, but all forms of speech about the Almighty. The course aims to cover everything that Christians undertake in the doctrine of God, or theology proper—“from A to Z.” It focuses on determining the main principles and distinctions required to do theology and achieve this goal. Particular focus is placed on scholastic theology and the helpfulness of Thomas Aquinas as a guide.

In part one of the series, Ryan explores “negative names” of God, such as “simple,” “infinite,” and so on.  He examines how negative names primarily serve to distinguish God from creatures, but also flag errors in theological thinking. Such negative names thus often serve to prepare us to speak positively of God, clearing away what is not true God so we can speak of what is true, fitting together with “positive” names to bring us up to God.

In part two, Ryan considers “positive names”, such as “good” and “wise.” Many things are true to affirm of God, but they are not all the same: “God is love” and “God is a rock” are both true judgments, but have different weights and measures. Theology determines exactly those weights and measures, and what names they apply to. Scripture makes us affirm many things of God–but not all in the same way: some names are proper, whereas some are metaphorical. Ryan explores how we make such determinations, arguing that we always “go for broke” and affirm divine names as much as can be.

In the third and final part, Ryan explores “relative names”, such as “creator” and “lord.” Such names involve the real relationship between God and his creatures, and Ryan unpacks how such names speak of this relationship from God’s side.

These lectures are for anyone who wants to better understand theology, inviting both Scripture and its historic interpretation to shape their both heart and mind. As listeners learn to think and speak well of God, they will not only understand theological truths, but will grow in wisdom and worship as their hearts and imaginations are shaped by the God who is.

Once the product is available, you will receive lifetime digital access to the complete set of video recordings via a link in your confirmation email. 

Included Lectures:
I Adequacy and Division of Divine Names
II Rational of Our Negative Names
III Removing Universal Conditions of Creatures
IV Primary Purpose of Negative Names
V Secondary Purpose of Negative Names
VI Flagging the False Cause and Avoiding Misunderstanding
VII Giving the Reason-Why of Affirmative Names
VIII Modes of Affirmation: Introduction and Proper Modes
IX Metaphorical Modes Generally
X Comparative Mode of Affirmation
XI Causal Mode of Affirmation
XII Connective Mode of Affirmation
XIII Periphrastic Mode of Affirmation
XIV Principle of Existential Maximalism
XV God Neither Is Wise, Nor Good, Nor Even Is (1)
XVI God Neither Is Wise, Nor Good, Nor Even Is (2)
XVII Introduction to Relative Names
XVIII Advanced Issues in Relative Names
IXX (Opposition of) Relation Makes the Trinity
XX Opposition (of Relation) Makes the Trinity