It has been called “The best online theological education program, bar none.”  The time is now! You have considered it, feared it, and tested it, but now it is time to take the plunge. Enroll in The Theology Program today. Classes begin September 11.

The Theology Program is a six course program of historic, systematic, and apologetic theology (interpretation: what Christians believe and why). We will stretch you and challenge your presuppositions. You will get angry, cry, and laugh (in that order). You will come to a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and your conviction of its truth will be stronger than ever. We will take you apart and then put you back together. Then you will challenge me to a wrestling match.

This is a call for all of you to enroll in the online certificate program (NOT the self-study program–this is the varsity version!). There are four courses offered this semester. All newcomers MUST enroll in Introduction to Theology first.

Here you will watch an online video and then engage with the instructor and students from all over the world in a live voice room for ten straight weeks of theological boot camp. You will build relationships that you never thought you could. Do homework if you want a grade. Oh yes, and in the end, upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate.

Upon enrollment, we will call you and explain everything.

If you like the the way we do things on Parchment and Pen, you can’t miss these classes. Move beyond the typical self-help Christian education and begin to root yourself deeply, building a foundation that will not soon be destroyed.

Testimony from students:

     I want to thank you personally and let you know how much you and your ministry have touched Chad’s life (and mine) spiritually. Being in the military has made it more difficult for us to grow with our church families these last four years because of all of the moving we have done. After each move it takes us a while to find a new church home that fits, etc.

     You [Michael] and Reclaiming the Mind have been our rock in which we can rely on even when we are in the midst of packing, living in hotels, or in deployment. I have seen first hand what an impact you have had on Chad’s ability to share his faith with others around him. Chad will be the first to tell you that it takes him awhile to build new friendships, especially in the military when our friends are changing every 3 months or so! However, he has grown so deeply through your ministry and in his own personal journey with God. I love to watch how quick and eager he is to minister to people in ways that I would have never thought possible just a couple of years ago! He constantly has his head in some theology book or other and is teaching me everyday as well. Though you occasionally make my head hurt, it is well worth the pain! Though I am not directly part of the program, I feel like I know you and many of the others just through the chatroom and when we listen to “Theology Unplugged”. God is good. Thank you and again, many blessings!


-TTP Student’s Wife


     I want to comment about how exciting (yes, exciting) and educational the Theology program has been to me. I find the subjects you are covering to be exactly the questions I have always had but never thought of before I discovered the program.


-TTP Student


     I want to talk about the teachers because what I saw in them was a humility and a spirit of Christ as they explained other camp’s position. I am not a theologian but I am a Christian and want to tip my hat to the guys in your video. In a world where Christian’s at times act in unchristian ways when defending their theology, I found these men refreshing and inspiring.

Testimony from authors and scholars:

     “If it is your desire to understand what you believe and why you believe it, then The Theology Program is for you. Here you will learn the basic principles of how to think biblically. TTP takes theology from the top shelf and places it where it belongs–where everyone can reach it.”


-Chuck Swindoll
Sr. Pastor, Stonebriar Community Church
Author, Speaker, Radio Host


     The Theology Program offers so much more to lay folks than they could get in any other forum. TTP challenges their thinking, rather than confirming their prejudices. And it does it in a way that is fair to all parties and faithful to the text of Holy Writ. If this kind of program could be multiplied in churches throughout America and the world, there would be hope for the evangelical church. Solid biblical and theological thinking are desperately needed in our circles today; without it, the evangelical church doesn’t have 50 years of life left. May our gracious and sovereign Lord raise up more folks who will become serious thinkers, people who will engage society and life from a thoroughly converted perspective.


-Daniel B. Wallace
Professor of New Testament Studies,
Dallas Theological Seminary
Senior New Testament Editor,
The NET Bible


     I cannot overstate how thrilled I am with the training material in The Theology Program. For 25 years I have been laboring to call the church to love God with its mind, and wherever I go I am constantly asked for examples of local church curriculum that responds to this call with excellence. Well, look no further. The Theology Program is the best thing I have seen to date and recommend it with great excitement.


-JP Moreland
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Talbot School of Theology
Biola University


     Every church ought to make use of The Theology Program or something like it. I commend it as a model of lay theological education and wish it good success in helping Christians to love God with all their minds.


-Roger E. Olson
Professor of Theology
George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Baylor University
Waco, TX


     Although I differ with The Theology Program on some issues, on the whole I think it is an excellent program and I commend it to students of theology. These are very difficult issues, and you’ve treated them thoroughly, fairly, and with considerable balance. You’ve mapped a careful path through this minefield! The teaching method is superb: wonderfully varied and practical as well as richly biblical. What you have here is the best thing I’ve ever seen for laymen in this area. I hope it gets wide distribution.


-John M. Frame
Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

Watch the first section of Introduction to Theology:

Watch about folk theology:

Don’t miss out! Use this blog to ask any questions or give further testimony, encouraging people to enroll.

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    4 replies to "The Best Theological Training on the Internet"

    • disciple

      The Theology Program is awesome, and I don’t use that word lightly. TTP has changed the way I think about God and the world, it has shaped how I do Bible study, it has opened my eyes to the wonder of Christ and God’s Plan, and it has ignited my passion to bring the gospel of grace to the world, practically and faithfully.

      Perhaps the coolest part of TTP is the fact that the classes are Irenic, meaning non-combative in their presentation of differing viewpoints, and actually attempt to show the best argument for each side of an issue. There were many classes I walked away saying “I don’t know WHAT to believe!!!”

      The Theology Program is practical, accessible to EVERYONE, and in my opinion should be required classes for all Christians. God bless!

    • Lisa R

      I wholeheartedly agree with the first comment here. I have taken 2 classes
      thus far at my church in MA and will be taking Soteriology in the fall. The best
      part is that it gives you a forum to think, to wrestle and ask without seemingly
      undermining your faith. I had already made a significant church move from
      pentacostal/word faith with a sprinkle of latter rain to a solid, reform oriented
      theology by the time I took the first class. It so solidified that very unnerving
      move and let me know I was on the right track.

      I have said often “every believer should take these classes” and I will continue
      to be a walking ad. I had the opportunity to advertise to my former pastor,
      who though a very smart man, believes that such “information” is academic
      and therefore, anti-spiritual. And it further convinced me that programs like
      this that are appealing and accessible to everyone, are desparately needed.

    • Lisa R

      Oops…I should have said ” a program like this”. And to further clarify that the
      Intro to Theology class did not solidify my move because it told me I was
      right. But it provides a process for US to determine what we believe. And
      that’s the beauty of it. This is not a program that seeks to indoctrinate and
      I have been impressed with the fairness of treament given to opposing
      theological views.

      So stop hemming and hawing and GO FOR IT!

    • lisakaay

      Let me add one more testimony…

      My husband and I are about to sign up for our fourth class, (and we’re lucky enough to take them locally) and can honestly, and without exaggeration, testify that this program has changed our relationships with the Lord. It has challenged me to go beyond “well, I believe it ’cause my preacher says it” to a deeper understanding of God based on scripture, and informed by doctrine and church history (the latter had been the missing link). As Lisa R. said, Michael and Rhone go out of their way to present differing viewpoints and let you draw your own conclusion. To be honest, it has been challenging. I have really wrestled with some of the tougher issues of our faith that are so often glossed over on Sunday mornings. But ultimately, my faith is stronger now than before, which I believe is Michael and Rhone’s point! These classes are well worth your investment of time and money (and since we have to get a babysitter to go, we are certainly shelling out the money)!


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