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Since the beginning, the Davenant Institute has been making extensive use of online media to make the resources of classical Protestantism available and accessible for all. Continuing that work, we are now pleased to offer 20 hour video lecture modules as part of our larger Davenant Hall program.

If you’d like to spend more time with our gifted instructors, browse our full course offerings at Davenant Hall for upcoming live instruction courses.

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God Is: An Introduction to Theology Proper

A Sweeping Introduction to the Doctrine of God

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.

BY Ryan Hurd
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Davenant Hall advances and renews Christian wisdom for the digital age. Launched in 2019, our classes allow students to work through classic texts alongside expert guides, developing a firm grasp of God’s Word and his world grounded in the classical Protestant tradition. We offer affordable 10-week courses in the treasures of Scripture, Christian doctrine, and the rich intellectual tradition through which they have flowed down over the centuries–even to the present day.

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