the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Church History and Historical Theology

The Ph.D. in Church History and Historical Theology trains students to assess significant people, important events, and theological trends in Christian history. This degree allows students to specialize in specific historical areas such as the Patristics, the Reformation, American Christianity or Baptist History.

The divisions within Church History and Historical Theology are as follows:

  • Patristics
  • Reformation
  • American Christianity
  • Baptist History

Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests. Professors who can supervise students in this area are:

Gregory A. Wills
Michael A. G. Haykin
Thomas J. Nettles
David L. Puckett
Shawn Wright

Seminars provide students the opportunity to engage in focused study on key subjects in their academic discipline. The following list is a sampling of available courses in this area:

84240 John Calvin
84261 American Religious History to 1860
84380 Baptist Identity: A Comparative Study of Baptist Doctrines

If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study,learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.