The first in an inspiring new series of e-Courses for a Christian audience is now being
offered at KSURF's virtual university. Christology, a six-week online course, was
developed by Brian Neese, who holds degrees in Philosophy and Theology. The course will lead
participants on a thought-provoking journey back into time to explore the meaning of the life,
person, being, and nature of the single most important person that forever changed the world -
Jesus Christ. Sign-ups for the course are now being accepted.
"Christology" is the study of the person of Jesus Christ, with a special focus on His nature
and essence. The Bible gives us a comprehensive account of Jesus, His life, teachings, and
sacrifice; Christology looks at the implications of those events and seeks to understand not
just what Jesus did but who He was and is. It examines the nature of Jesus Christ and the
meaning of His life, person, and nature. By experiencing the incarnate God in Christ, mankind
and the Church gain a better understanding of creation, salvation, God, man's role on earth, and
other topics of great concern to Christians in today's uncertain world.
Mr. Neese's course consists of six inspiring, fact-filled units which cover the following
Unit 1: Foundation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures - Examines the New Testament's
account of Christ and what it has to say regarding Him. This first lesson examines the
foundation of Jesus Christ in the Bible, which serves as the background of what is known as
Unit 2: The Incarnate God, St. Athanasius, the Council of Nicaea - Explores early
attempts to analyze the incarnate God. This lesson looks at the beginnings of theological
discussions on Christology and the incarnate God. The Christology from St. Athanasius and from
the Council of Nicaea helped shaped the preliminary distinctions within the topic of
Christology, which will pave the way into the major Chalcedonian definition of the next lesson.
Unit 3: The Chalcedonian Definition - The standard view of Christ — that He is two
unmixed natures in one — will be examined. We'll take a look at the monumental Chalcedonian
definition, which helped establish the answers to questions raised in the two previous lessons.
The implications of the Chalcedonian definition will also be discussed.
Unit 4: St. Anselm and St. Aquinas - These two theologians' answers to why salvation
came in the form of an incarnate God will be analyzed. This unit explores the Christologies
presented by St. Anselm and St. Aquinas. Their views will be analyzed as they relate to views on
atonement, penal substitution, and even aesthetics under the larger subject of Christology.
Unit 5: Barth and Balthasar, The 20th Century - This lesson explores the Christologies
presented by two renowned 20th century theologians, Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Unit 6: 20th Century: Christ, Kenosis, and Suffering - From violence to genocide in
the shadows of World War II, theology examines kenosis and suffering in relationship to Christ.
This lesson looks at the topic of kenosis as it relates to Christ and Christology. Additionally,
issues will be examined that have been considered by theologians in response to the "emptiness"
or dereliction of Christ on the cross.
Brian Neese obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosopy from American Public University. He
will receive his Master of Theology in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the University
of Wales, Lampeter, later this month. He says that philosophy and theology, particularly
Christian philosophy, is the driving interest in his life, and in particular, the topics of
Christian love and Kierkegaard.
Currently living in Rockford, Illinois, Brian is also a freelance writer. He developed this
online course as a way to connect his academic background to his writing interests. The course
is also an expression of his Christian faith. Beyond writing and academic endeavors, he enjoys
reading, music, sports, writing for pleasure, and spending time with his fiance and their
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