Online Cohorts (Study Groups)
One major component of this fellowship program is an online study group, known in education as a “cohort.” These cohorts use the lectures and course materials, which are already freely available. However, the cohort offers the opportunity to discuss these lectures and readings with the instructor and a small group of like-minded students while pursuing original research in a mentored environment.
- Provide an opportunity for students to learn apologetics in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til.
- Develop a community of pastors, scholars, and church members committed both to the Reformed creeds and confessions and a redemptive-historical approach to the Scriptures.
- Promote original research in the field of Reformed apologetics in service of the broader Church.
- Complete the assigned readings and view the lectures prior to each session.
- Contribute to course discussion by asking and answering questions and promoting a collaborative learning environment.
- Submit a work of original research (a scholarly article or essay) in the field of Reformed apologetics. This project may be tailored to the student’s previous education and abilities.
There will be two cohort sections meeting each Wednesday from May 5 through June 23. The first section will meet at 4 PM US Eastern, and the second section will meet at 7:30 PM US Eastern.
- May 5: Old Princeton
- May 12: Old Amsterdam
- May 19: Perichoresis
- May 26: Autotheos
- June 2: The Representational Principle, Part 1
- June 9: The Representational Principle, Part 2
- June 16: Personalism
- June 23: Gordon Clark
- July 7: Research papers are due. Feedback from the instructor will be due by July 28.
We are scheduling two groups to accommodate different schedules. One group will meet at 4:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) while the other will meet at 7:30 p.m. Each session will last approximately one hour.
- September 8, 2020
- September 15
- September 22
- September 29
- October 13
- October 20
- October 27
- November 3 (U.S. Daylight Savings Time ends November 1)
In addition to group meetings, each student may schedule one private online meeting with Dr. Tipton to discuss matters pertaining to the course as well as ideas for original research in the field.
At the conclusion of the series of online discussions, students are expected to complete and submit a work of original research in the field of Reformed apologetics. This article or essay will be read and critically assessed by the instructor in addition to other Reformed Forum faculty members. If the work demonstrates significant value for a wider readership, faculty members may suggest avenues for further development and potential publication.
Van Til’s Trinitarian TheologyEight-week online study group led by Dr. Lane G. Tipton
- Eight one-hour group sessions online
- Faculty supervision as you engage in original research in the field.
- A one-hour private online mentoring session with Dr. Tipton.