History of Heresy Course

History of Heresy Course June 25, 2018

My Logos Mobile course on The History of Heresy is now available for purchase through Faithlife.

You can a preview here and here.

I originally wanted to call the course “Heretics-R-US: From the Judaizers to Joel Osteen,” but that would be too controversial, because, you know, Paul’s opponents were not really judaizers – only Gentiles strictly can judaize – better to call them proselytizers.

Any ways, here is the outline.

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: What Is Heresy and Orthodoxy?

  • Overview: Why Study Heresy?
  • Heresy in the Graeco-Roman World (Part 1)
  • Heresy in the Graeco-Roman World (Part 2)
  • Heresy and Judaism (Part 1)
  • Heresy and Judaism (Part 2)
  • Unity and Diversity in the Early Church (Part 1)
  • Unity and Diversity in the Early Church (Part 2)
  • Unity and Diversity in the Early Church (Part 3)
  • Did Heresy Precede Orthodoxy? (Part 1)
  • Did Heresy Precede Orthodoxy? (Part 2)
  • Did Heresy Precede Orthodoxy? (Part 3)

Unit 2: Paul’s Opponents

  • Introduction to Paul
  • Was There a Jewish Legalism? (Part 1)
  • Was There a Jewish Legalism? (Part 2)
  • Does Jesus Top Up Moses, or Displace Moses?
  • The Jerusalem Council
  • The Incident at Antioch
  • Galatians
  • Philippians
  • Second Corinthians
  • Colossians
  • Letters to Timothy and Titus

Unit 3: Other Heresies in the New Testament Era

  • Overview of Other Heresies in the New Testament Era
  • Hebrews
  • Jude and Second Peter
  • Churches of Revelation

Unit 4: “Other Christianities”

  • Overview of “Other Christianities”
  • Docetists
  • Ebionites
  • Adoptionism
  • Christ as Angel

Unit 5: Gnostics, Montanists and Modalists

  • Gnosticism 101 (Part 1)
  • Gnosticism 101 (Part 2)
  • Simon Magus
  • Egypt: Basilides, Carpocrates and Valentinus
  • Saturninus (Antioch) and Cerinthus (Ephesus)
  • Marcion
  • Gnostic Writings
  • Montanists
  • Modalists

Unit 6: Later Heresies and Controversies

  • Logos from John to Justin to Origen
  • Arius
  • Council of Nicaea
  • The Divine and Human Natures of Christ (Part 1)
  • The Divine and Human Natures of Christ (Part 2)
  • How to Spot and Avoid Heresies

Conclusion

  • Discerning True and False Expressions of Faith
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