BBST 105: Foundations of Christian Thought (3 units)

Jason Oakes, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies


Introduces theology with special emphasis on understanding the doctrine of Scripture, integrating various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and developing a Christian worldview. Examines the biblical worldview and how other worldviews (such as naturalism, pantheism, and postmodernism) differ with what is taught in the Bible. Also explores truth, belief, and faith and includes an introduction to systematic theology.

Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  • Learned relevant facts, principles, and Scripture concerning the biblical worldview, truth, and the Word of God
  • Developed a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, the biblical worldview and the Word of God

Course Format

Conducted online over 3 weeks (May 27-June 13) in alignment with Biola University’s 2014 Summer session. Students will interact with the instructor and each other through interactive online discussions and other assignments.

Required Reading

  • Grudem, Wayne. Making Sense of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.
  • Horner, David. Mind Your Faith: A Student’s Guide to Thinking and Living Well. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • Ryken, Philip Graham. What is the Christian Worldview? Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006.
  • Schaeffer, Francis. Genesis in Space and Time: The Flow of Biblical History. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1972.
  • Other readings posted online


  • Interactive online discussions (20%)
  • Three, short academic essays (30%)
  • Lecture and reading quizzes (30%)
  • Three, short reflection papers (10%)
  • Final exam (10%)



Relation to Curriculum

Required core course for the Bible minor

Final Examination