uThM in Biblical Studies

Welcome to the official Study Plan for the Unschooled Master of Theology in Biblical Studies (uThM) degree I am currently pursuing. It focuses on a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the biblical text, while simultaneously tackling fundamental questions about consciousness, death, foundations in science, entrepreneurialism, the nature and future of work, and my own hermitic vocational testing.

The uThM in Biblical Studies degree consists of 10 informally structured, independent “courses,” consisting of 300+ assigned books/video/audio resources, several hundred assigned articles, 10 course projects, 20 written assignments and a final multi-part Capstone Project – culminating in a prolific number of full length books published on various related thesis topics.

Research Studies


RESEARCH METHODS:

COMMUNICATION:

TEACHING AND LEARNING:

Foundations of Knowledge


LOGIC & REASONING:

INTRODUCTORY PHILOSOPHY:

INTRODUCTORY METAPHYSICS:

  • TTC – Exploring Metaphysics – Listening 10%
  • Metaphysics: the Basics
  • Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics
  • Reality Metaphysics
  • Variety of Things – Foundations in Metaphysics

BASIC HISTORIES:

BASIC SCIENCES:

Entrepreneurship


Biblical Greek


NEW TESTAMENT GREEK:

OLD TESTAMENT GREEK (LXX):

  • Biblical Septuagint in Context
  • Translation and Survival
  • Apostolic Bible Polyglot

TRANSLATION ISSUES:

  • Inerrancy Summit (Masters) – Watching 1%
  • Challenge of Bible Translation
  • Translating Truth: Case for Essentially Liberal Bible Translation
  • Choosing a Bible Translation
  • New Age Bible Versions

Biblical Overview


BIBLICAL SUMMARIES:

  • Church History I (BiblicalTraining)
  • Church History II (BiblicalTraining)
  • Christianity: the First 3000 Years
  • From Jesus to Christianity – Early Church History
  • Christianity Through the Ages
  • Cabridge History of Early Christian Literature
  • Story of Christianity 1-2
  • TTC Catholic Church History
  • Blackwell Companion to the New Testament
  • Blackwell Companion to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • History of the Bible
  • Cambridge History of Christianity Vol. 1-9
  • Lost Christianities: The Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
  • Haley’s Bible Handbook
  • Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies
  • Book of Customs
  • The Temple: Its Ministry and Services
  • Foxes’ Book of Martyrs
  • Handbook of Archeology of the Bible

SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS:

DEVOTIONAL READINGS:

  • NKJV Bible – Completed 100%
  • Biblical Exposition of Prayer (Masters)
  • Didache – Completed 100%
  • John Cassian’s Confrences
  • The Complete Ante-Nicene & Nicene and Post-Nicene Church Fathers Collection
  • Chuck Missler Topical Briefings
  • The Complete Philokalia

Biblical Theology


SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGIES:

ORIGIN THEOLOGIES:

Biblical Eschatology


  • End Timers: 3000 Years of Waiting for Judgment Day
  • Your Kingdom Come (3M)
  • Chuck Missler’s Prophecy Bundle
  • Watership Down: A Novel
  • Before Left Behind & Left Behind Series – Reading 30%
  • The New Temple and the Second Coming
  • Ted Dekker Collections
  • Chuck Missler’s Strategic Trends
  • Arab Israeli Conflict
  • Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Beginner’s Guide
  • Divergent Series
  • Dark Angel Book Series
  • The Hunger Games Series

Death Studies


CONSCIOUSNESS:

  • BIO 387: Hacking Consciousness (Stanford) – Completed 100%
  • Consciousness and it’s Implications (TTC) – Listening 1%
  • Quantum Enigma
  • Consciousness Beyond Life
  • Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Spirituality
  • Behavior Methods in Consciousness Research
  • Irreducible Mind
  • Consciousness a Very Short Introduction
  • Consciousness An Introduction – Reading 1%
  • Consciousness by Christopher Hill
  • Foundations of Consciousness
  • Illumination of Consciousness
  • Matter and Consciousness
  • Rationality + Consciousness = Freewill
  • Reference and Consciousness
  • Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
  • Perplexities of Consciousness
  • Secret History of Consciousness
  • Consciousness and the Brain
  • States of Consciousness
  • Super Consciousness
  • Nature of Consciousness
  • New Science of Consciousness
  • Origin of Consciousness
  • Quest for Consciousness
  • What is Consciousness

BASICS OF DEATH:

  • PHIL 176: Death (Yale) – Watching 10%
  • When We Die – Reading 1%
  • Dexter Series – Reading 30%
  • Systematic Theology – Doctrine of Last Things – Death by Louis Berkhof (BiblicalTraining.org)
  • Living with Death and Dying (OpenLearn Course)
  • Time of Death
  • Brief History of Death
  • Making Friends with Death
  • Potentiality, Possibility, and the Irreversibility of Death
  • Death – the Final Mystery
  • Hour of Our Death – Reading 40%
  • On Defining Death
  • Aristotle – On Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death and Breathing
  • Fundamentals of Immunology: Death by Friendly Fire (Coursera)
  • Long for this World
  • Staring at the Sun
  • Human Encounter with Death
  • Old Age and How to Survive it
  • The Scientific Conquest of Death
  • Dying – A Transition
  • Time of Death, Decomposition and Identification
  • Death and the Experience of Dying
  • Life and Death – the Evidence
  • Death in the City of Light
  • The Return of the Black Death
  • Handbook for Death Scene Investigators
  • TMS – Building Blocks of Human Life, Death and Aging of Cells
  • Evolution of Death – Why We Live Longer
  • Organ Donation – From Death to Life
  • Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imagining Loss, Death, and Disaster (UofI)
  • Denial of Death
  • The Ultimate LOST and Philosophy
  • LOST: Complete TV Series
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Happiness, Death, Remainder of Life
  • Sickness Unto Death
  • Children’s Understanding of Death
  • Life and Death Mysteries and Meanings (EdX)
  • Theology of Death
  • Death and Philosophy
  • Death – A Philosophical Inquiry
  • The Inner Life of the Dying Person
  • The Final Mystery
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • End of the Journey – Death and Dying

CONCEPTS OF SOUL:

  • Soul Beliefs 3 Courses (Coursera)
  • Death and the Intermediate State (Video)
  • The Triumph of Death – Barbara Howes
  • Reimagining the Soul
  • Aristotle – The Soul
  • Modern Man – In Search of a Soul
  • Evolution of the Soul
  • Augustine – Trinity and the Soul

CONCEPTS OF AFTERLIFE:

  • Heritic’s Guide to Eternity
  • Evidence of the Afterlife
  • Quantum Enigma
  • There is Life After Death
  • God and the Afterlife
  • The Divine Comedy
  • The Afterlife and Jesus
  • MIssler: Stretching Out the Heavens
  • Proof of Heaven
  • Aristotle – On the Heavens
  • The Marriage of Heavena nd Hell
  • Brief History of Heaven
  • Love Wins – New Story about Heaven and Hell
  • Different Concepts of Heaven
  • Heaven and Hell 1 & 2
  • Utopia – Between Heavena nd Earth

The Hermitic Vocation


HISTORICAL MONASTICISM:

  • Christian Wilderness Theology
  • Aelfric’s Life
  • Asceticism in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Sayings of the Desert Fathers
  • Desert Christians
  • Mystics
  • Emergence of Monasticism
  • Evagrius Ponticus
  • Late Monasticism and Reformation
  • Letters of St. Anthony
  • Monk and the Book
  • Wandering Monks
  • Wandering, Begging Monks
  • Wisdom of the Desert
  • Early Monasticism
  • Saint Basil Ascetic Works
  • Gifts of the Desert
  • Hermits by Peter France – Read 100%
  • Encroaching Desert
  • History of the First Christians
  • The Monk and the Book
  • Saint Basil’s Ascetic Works
  • Companion to the Stoics

MODERN MONASTIC EXPRESSION:

  • Desert Solitaire – Read 100%
  • Delphi Complete Works – Thoreau
  • Celibacy in Crisis – Reading 25%
  • On the Road
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Portable Thoreau – Reading 1%
  • Best of Edward Abbey
  • Mystics
  • Solitude – Reading 26%
  • Dharma Bums
  • Celibration of Discipline
  • Thoreau’s Walden
  • Christianity as Mystical Fact
  • Where I Lived and What I Lived For – Read 100%
  • Monastic Spirituality Self-Study
  • The Main Woods – Thoreau
  • History of Monastic Spirituality
  • The Artist Way
  • Walking – Thoreau
  • Almost Catholic
  • Letters to a Spiritual Seeker
  • Raven’s Bread Newsletter
  • Walden – Thoreau
  • Thomas Merton Reader
  • The Language of Trees – Thoreau
  • Complete Works of John Muir
  • Intro Great Silence
  • Thoughts in Solitude
  • Canoeing in the Wilderness – Thoreau
  • Contemplative Prayer by Merton
  • The Journal – Thoreau
  • Meditations of John Muir

Capstone Projects


  • Isaac Hunter’s Online Bible Study – Writing 1%
  • Isaac Hunter’s Bible Commentary – Writing 1%
  • Mystic’s Primer Series – Writing 1%
  • Genesis 5 Series – Writing 1%
  • Sandcastles in the Mind of Man: A Metaphysical Treatise on Terrestrial Knowledge
  • Hacking the Research Paper: A Heritic’s Guide to Finding What You Need and Writing What You Know
  • Hacking High School: A Heritic’s Guide to Getting Out of Public School Alive and Maybe Even Learning Something, too!
  • Hacking Undergrad: A Heritic’s Guide to the Four Year Degree
  • Hacking Grad School: A Heritic’s Guide to Getting Your Master’s or PhD
  • Hacking the Job Search: A Heritic’s Guide to Getting the Job of Your Dreams
  • Marriage & Divorce Books – Not Yet Published
  • Nephiliim Series – Not Yet Published
  • Demonology Series – Not Yet Published
  • Paranormal Series – Not Yet Published
  • Alone Book – Not Yet Published
  • Gift of Solitude – Not Yet Published
  • Journey into My Own Bliss – Not Yet Published
  • How the @#$# Did I End Up Here – Not Yet Published
  • The Devil, My Friend – Not Yet Published
  • The Great and Tragic Falling Away – Not Yet Published