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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