D.D. in Puritan Studies

Reasons for the Doctor of Divinity nomenclature

Total Credits: 33

(Prerequisite is a Master degree or equivalent)

TH740 Puritan Theology I
TH741 Puritan Theology II
PM740 Thomas Brooks
HS470 Puritan History
TH743 Jonathan Edwards
TH742 Puritan Theology III
HS741 Selected Biographies
TH745 Puritan Reading I
TH746 Puritan Reading II
PS890 Doctoral Dissertation

TH740 Puritan Theology I (3 credits)

Readings:

John Owen – Doctrine of Justification by Faith

Thomas Watson – The Doctrine of Repentance

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on interacting with the doctrines as presented in the readings, as well as methods to apply such doctrines to modern life.
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TH741 Puritan Theology II (3 credits)

Readings:

Herman Witsius – The Economy of the Covenants

Jonathan Edwards – The Doctrine of Original Sin

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on interacting with the doctrines as presented in the readings, as well as methods to apply such doctrines to modern life.
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PM740 Thomas Brooks (3 credits)

Readings:

Heaven on Earth

Holiness, the Only Way to Happiness

Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on the substance of the readings and interact with the author’s concepts.
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HS740 Puritan History (3 credits)

 

Lectures:

Sinclair Ferguson – Puritan Reading Room

Kevin Swanson – The Puritans and Why People Hate them so Much

Carl Trueman – Puritan Spirituality in Context

Assignments:

Write 40 pages on the lectures above. This is one paper touching on all lectures and should interact with the substance of the lectures.
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TH743 Jonathan Edwards (3 credits)

Readings:

Religious Affections

Freedom of the Will

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on the substance of the readings and interact with the author’s concepts.
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TH742 Puritan Theology III (3 credits)

Readings:

Thomas Watson – The 10 Commandments

Walter Marshall – The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

John Flavel – Keeping the Heart

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on interacting with the doctrines as presented in the readings and how these doctrines can be systematized.
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HS741 Selected Biographies (3 credits)

Readings:

John Flavel – Life of the Late Rev. Mr. John Flavel

Andrew Thomson – Life of Dr. Owen

Thomas Boston – Memoirs of the Life, Time, and Writings of…Thomas Boston

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. There is only one paper that will include all of the biographies. The paper should focus on the character of the individuals as well as the lessons that can be learned from their lives.
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TH745 Puritan Reading I (3 credits)

Readings:

Richard Sibbes – The Bruised Reed

William Guthrie – The Christian’s Great Interest

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on the substance of the readings and interact with the author’s concepts.
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TH746 Puritan Reading II (3 credits)

Readings:

John Owen – Overcoming Sin and Temptation

Jeremiah Burroughs – The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Matthew Mead – The Almost Christian Discovered

Assignments:

Write a 40 page paper. The paper should focus on the substance of the readings and interact with the author’s concepts.
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PS890 Doctoral Dissertation (6 credits)

Dissertation must be no less than 150 pages, 1 inch margins, 12 point type, Times New Roman font, and double-spaced.

The topic must be in relation to Puritan studies and approved by the student’s mentor.
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Reasons for the Doctor of Divinity nomenclature:

We chose to use the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) nomenclature for our Puritan Studies program for the following reasons:

  • The D.D. was a degree that many Puritans held
  • To maintain a historical connection between the Puritans studied and the degree earned
  • To honor the historic idea of studying divinity
  • As the program is very unique we see the need to use a degree title that would not be misleading