HOW LONG DOES THE COURSE TAKE?
Good question. When originally given, each lesson of the course was taught over a two-day period together. Each day we spent about 5-6 hours going through the material, for a total of 10-12 hours per lesson. Eventually, there will be nine lessons. So for the full nine lessons, we would estimate that it will take around 90-110 hours to go through the entire course.
IS THIS COURSE ACCREDITED?
The course is not accredited, nor are there any kind of certificates we can award for successful completion of the course at this time. We're open to partnership. If you represent a seminary and would like to talk about partnering with us, please get in touch.
AM I FREE TO BASICALLY USE THESE MATERIALS ANY WAY I WANT?
In short, yes; within reason. This is our policy: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. For web posting, a link to our website is preferred. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by us here at Ruin and Redemption. Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: “© 2018 Ruin and Redemption. All rights reserved.”
DO YOU ALSO HAVE VIDEO OR AUDIO MATERIALS FOR THIS COURSE?
Unfortunately, we do not have any video or audio materials to offer at this time (sorry).
THERE'S SO MUCH OUT THERE ALREADY. WHY THE NEED FOR SOMETHING ELSE?
Great point and important question. There is a lot that's already out there and available. And we certainly want to encourage you to make use of those materials as well. The purpose of this course isn't to limit or discourage the use of other materials, but to add to them. At the same time, the particular emphasis of this course is somewhat unique. What we have attempted to do is put together an extensive course on Covenant Theology that walks through the story of the Scriptures in a “biblical theology” way (IE, walking through the Scriptures chronologically) and yet, at the same time, while doing this, intentionally drawing out the kind of truths you would find in a “systematic theology.” So, we walk through the covenants, but as we do so, we learn about different aspects of doctrinal truth. We believe this is somewhat unique and hope it can be used to strengthen God's people.
IS THERE ANY KIND OF INTRODUCTORY LESSON TO COVENANT THEOLOGY?
The course is still being written--but we're very close now. Almost all of the lessons are finished, so we've put them up on the site. We were just able to add the two lessons on the new covenant (September 2020); please feel free to check them out. But we still need to edit through the very first lesson on the covenants, which serves as an introduction and overview of Covenant Theology. That's the last one! And I'm hoping it will be finished and available on the site by the end of October 2020.
CAN YOU GIVE ME AN IDEA OF YOUR GENERAL THEOLOGOCAL FRAMEWORK?
The material is written from what we would call a Reformed, Covenantal perspective. Everything agrees with the summary of the Scriptures as set forth in the Westminster Confession. The author is Presbyterian by conviction, and a teaching elder in the PCA.
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY BOOKS YOU'VE CONSULTED TO WRITE THE COURSE?
I've used a lot of materials to compile the course, but there are five primary kinds of sources: The first are older authors who have written on the Covenants; this includes an intentional emphasis on the Puritans (such as John Ball, Thomas Boston, and Francis Roberts) as well as others (such as Herman Witsius). The second type of source are more modern writers on the Covenants, which would include especially O Palmer Robertson and Ligon Duncan. The third type of source are other writers that haven't necessarily written specifically on the Covenants as a whole—but deal more in-depth with particular topics related to the Covenants (such as Edward Fisher's The Marrow of Modern Divinity and John Colquhoun's Treatise on the Law and the Gospel). The fourth type of source are various Systematic Theologies, including especially Calvin (The Institutes), Geerhardus Vos (Reformed Dogmatics), Charles Hodge (Systematic Theology), and Herman Bavinck (Reformed Dogmatics). The fifth source I've drawn from are various commentaries; which for Romans would be primarily authors such as Calvin and Hodge (again), as well as Robert Haldane and John Murray. Hope that gives you a general idea of the kind of material used in the course.
CAN YOU COME TEACH THIS MATERIAL AT OUR CHURCH OR SEMINARY?
We're not doing this kind of teaching at this time (sorry). Our goal is simply to provide the materials that enable others to learn and grow; as well as equip those under their care. We would prefer that your pastor or one of your elders teach the material.
DO YOU HAVE THESE MATERIALS IN BOOK FORM? CAN I ORDER THEM?
Unfortunately, we don't have the materials in a hard copy form that's ready to order. If that would be helpful for you, please let us know. If there's enough interest, we would be willing to reformat the materials and put them up on carriers like Amazon, etc.
DO YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS?
Thanks for asking; but no, we're not accepting donations. It's our joy to be able to offer this course completely free of charge.