The Place and Importance of Historical Theology in a Rhetoric-Stage Curriculum – Steven Mittwede

Steve Mittwede July 14, 2017

Presented at:
SCL Summer Conference 2017


In the Upper School of Providence Classical School, the Bible/Theology scope and sequence is as follows: seventh grade - Bible Study Methods/Hermeneutics; eighth grade - Old Testament Survey; ninth grade - New Testament Survey; tenth grade - History of Theology, eleventh grade - Ethics; and twelfth grade - Apologetics. can such a scope and sequence for Bible/theology be justified, in particular, the tenth-grade course offering? Of the myriad possible classes that could be offered, why one in historical theology? and what is historical theology anyway? This workshop will be based on a number of assertions: Assertion 1: Historical theology is chronically under-emphasized - in the church at large, at seminaries and Bible colleges, and in Christian school curricula. Assertion 2: Most Christians have little understanding even of the overall purview (concepts, content, and methods) of historical theology. Assertion 3: The reappearance of old heresies with new monikers constitutes proof of Assertion 1. Assertion 4: Widespread and rancorous sectarianism within Christendom is further evidence that Christians have neglected this pivotal branch of theology. Following explication of these assertions, the balance of the workshop will provide 1} an outline of historical theology toward the goal of countering the trends that the aforementioned assertions reflect, and also 2} an argument for the necessity of an historical theology course - rather than a course in church history or systematic theology - in the rhetoric stage curriculum of a classical and Christian school. Historical theology as a discipline in a sine qua non of Christian theological inquiry and discussion, as well as substrate that promotes and under girds Christian unity.


christian history Curriculum History Rhetoric


Steve Mittwede
Steve Mittwede is incredibly privileged to be an instructor of Earth Science and Bible at Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas. In 1981, he was graduated from “Their Majesties Royal College” (The College of William and Mary) with a B.S. in Geology, after which he concurrently worked as a mineral resources geologist for the South Carolina Geological Survey and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology at the University of South Carolina. He is married to Dana, and they are blessed with four sons in close succession – all now grown and married. Steve and his family served in Turkey for 23 years, during which Steve was awarded an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University and an M.Th. in Modern Evangelical Theology from Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He is currently pursuing an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University. Steve and Dana make their home in Tomball, Texas.

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