Flashcards in Test 1 Deck (57)
to give the world a body of analyzed, tested, correlated knowledge concerning God in relation to His creatures
What does theology in the service of the church mean?
Means the guidelines that we as the church follow in accordance to His word and the Holy Spirit
to teach sound doctrine
2 Timothy 1:13-14; Titus 1:9
Describe the character of a true theologian.
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. -Ezra 7:10
meditation on scripture
testing and trials
What is the nature and purpose of theology?
Analyze the scripture
test the formulations
correlate the formulations
List the fivefold description of Christian theology.
What are the three publics of Christian theology?
What is the difference between Biblical theology and systematic theology?
Bib. Theo. focuses on what people have taught about the Bible while sys. Theo. focuses on what the Bible teaches as a whole on a subject
What is an integrative motif? Which one was emphasized in class?
central defining theme of theology
The Glory of God in Christ (refer to notes)
How did Jaroslav Pelican define doctrine?
It is what the church believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the Word of God
How does George Lindbeck define truth?
it is defined by the community
truth is not universal
Why is divine revelation necessary
we would not know God if he chose not to reveal himself
Is divine revelation personal or propositional?
What are three implications of divine revelation?
The unity of Revelation
the truthfulness of Revelation
the authority of revelation
Define general revelation:
it is God's communication of Himself to all persons at all times and in all places
Define progressive revelation:
God reveals His characteristics or plans slowly sometimes to people
What are three forms of general revelation?
The created order
the human conscience
the flow of human history
What is natural theology?
reasoning your way to God
List and explain the proofs for the existence of God.
What is the moral argument?
innate moral laws, so their must be a lawgiver
multiple avenues to God
Christianity is the true religion
don't have to explicitly believe the gospel to be saved
to be saved you have to respond in repentance and faith to the gospel (orthodox view
What scripture can you use to defend exclusivism?
What are three implications of general revelation?
God is just in condemnation
Provides a contact with people
Accounts for Plethora in world religions
Define special revelation:
is when God manifest Himself to particular persons at definite times and places, enabling them persons to enter a redemptive relationship with Him.
What are five forms of special revelation?
God's acts in history
dreams visions, oracles, prophecies
personal address by God
Jesus of Nazareth
The writings of the old and new testament