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Liberation Theology - Arising out recent class discussion topics touching on the ideas of James Cone’s ideas on Liberation Theology and the relationship between the Cross and the Lynching Tree, our group decided to focus the topic of our presentation around Liberation Theology. However, in order to create a counter argument to stimulate further discourse, we introduced the Theology of Prosperity, as an opposing theological concept, to our presentation. Hence, we came up with the topic of Liberation Theology vs. Theology of Prosperity....   [tags: Theology] 1064 words
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Reformed Theology - There were various theologies of the sacrament of Holy Communion that were being debated during the Reformation. Among reformers there were conflicting views on transubstantiation, consubstantiation, infant baptism and Christ’s importance of being in communion overall. Some reformers and reformation events that appealed believers more than others were Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and the Council of Trent. Martin Luther was a German priest who rebelled against authorities of the Roman Catholic Church and initiated the start of the reformation....   [tags: Theology ]
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The Theology Behind The Suffering of Job - The book of Job provides a vivid illustration of the theology of suffering. In the beginning of the book, Job’s blessings are apparent. He possesses a large family, good health, many servants, flocks of multiple species of livestock, and is considered the greatest of all men in the East (Job 1.13). Job is not only cover story material for “Progressive Farmer” and “Fortune” magazines, he is more importantly a godly man, “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning from evil” (Job 1.1). In rapid succession, however, Job experiences numerous calamities....   [tags: Theology]
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Dynamics of History as Argument for Biblical Theology - In this point we explore how Edwards related the dynamics of history, location and time, as arguments for Biblical Theology or for his Work of Redemption. Edwards believed that redemption is inextricable from history and vice versa. However it would take him many years to develop this connection into a coherent philosophy and theology of salvation history. Edwards faced the acute problem how to demonstrate God’s sovereignty and redemptive activity in an evolving age. In this respect it was difficult to reconstruct the series temporum (stages of time) from God’s redemptive plan....   [tags: theology]
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Liberation Theology and Protestant Reformation - Christian theology has studied and used the Bible to explain the reason of life and the message of God. The way in which this has been done has varied from time to time and from region to region. In the first section of this essay Western Europe is regarded as the central point of one of the most challenging division of the Christian faith. The Protestant Reformation would open the way to new types of Christian Faith known as Protestantism. The causes which precipitated this movement will be addressed in order to understand the social motivations of the Reformation....   [tags: theology essay, informative essay]
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Theology - Theology is the study of God and the first topic “Doing theology in our context; sign of our times” introduced me to the meaning of studying theology and the importance of relating it to contemporary times and our own context to enhance our understanding. Using objectives in our society that we are surrounded by such as conflict, racism, violence and technology that are being introduced to future generations who will eventually have entitlements to vote and be responsible for their well-being. We explored societal problems such as; addiction, social decline within religion, families and communities just to name a few....   [tags: Religion] 1171 words
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Theology - Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an exquisite man, whose theology was extremely influential. His theology shed a whole new light on the true meaning of Christ. By taking a look at Bonhoeffer's life in Germany, you can truly see how his life has greatly influenced his views and works. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran Pastor, a theologian, and a martyr. Bonhoeffer was brought up in Berlin, Germany in the upper-middle-class family of a leading neurologist. He studied Theology at the University of Berlin, where he eventually received his doctorate....   [tags: Religion, Dietrich Bonhoeffer] 2346 words
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The Theology, Christology and Pneumatology of The Book of Revelation - The Theology, Christology, and Pneumatology of the Book of Revelation are highly reflective of the social, political and religious context in which the book was written. Within the text, we find expressed the views of an author, and Christian community in general, challenged by the power and ideology of Rome, as well as having to re-imagine and re-comprehend their God, and divinity in general, in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ and the work of the Spirit among them. Before beginning this investigation it is important that we define as much as possible what is meant by ‘how God, Christ and the Spirit are portrayed’....   [tags: The Bible, Theology]
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An empathic God: Moltmann's cross-centered theology - Christianity has at its center a pivotal moment in history upon with all of its theology and practice hinges. To undertake a Christology is to consider what it is in God's nature and character that would necessitate and facilitate the cross. While classical theology has often disdained any idea of a God who has feelings and emotions, Jürgen Moltmann rejects this by showing that God suffers empathically and experiences humiliation alongside humanity in the person of Jesus. This paper will set out to investigate Moltmann's concept of a God who suffers, particularly in contrast to the classical notion of the impassibility of God....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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Understanding Liberation Theology - Understanding Liberation Theology Daniel Levine's Popular Voices in Latin American Catholicism fills our minds with age old questions and yet provides us with the information needed to answer these questions. Throughout his writings, though obviously more concentrated in Chapter two, Levine unveils the history and worth of what is called liberation theology. Though Levine details the uses and importance of this lesser known religious outlook, I believe he does a better job of allowing us to very much understand the central ideas, beliefs, methods, and history of the liberation theology....   [tags: Daniel Levine Theology] 971 words
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Black Theology and Feminist Theology - ... Many people do not picture Jesus as a Black person might picture Him. In this alone, there is an implication of a specific stereotype on Jesus, which implies that His message does not apply to everyone. This is the reason why blacks are on a ‘quest’ for a Black messiah. White theology makes it seem as though God’s word is oriented toward white people and not black people. White theology is limited in its interpretation of the Christian faith as far as other races are concerned because Whites never conceived the “Black Jesus walking in the ghettos”....   [tags: the black messiah, God has no race] 763 words
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Brueggemann's Bridge Between Form Criticism of The Psalms, Theology and Spirituality - Brueggemann's Bridge Between Form Criticism of The Psalms, Theology and Spirituality ‘Form Criticism' of the Psalms has been around for less than a hundred years. Prior to 1920's study use of the Psalms was pretty much limited to a ‘historical-critical' approach and a ‘Christological' approach. That is – the establishing of who wrote what and why and the reading of psalms within the context of ‘Christ', respectively. To fully appreciate how Brueggemann builds these bridges between form criticism, theology and spirituality we will first look at a basic understanding of the foundations of form criticism onto which Brueggemann offered his new schema....   [tags: Theology Religion ] 1591 words
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Theology of Revelation - Introduction Trinitarian theology within the book of Revelation is not at first sight easily recognisable amongst the plethora of images and prophecies that are recorded. The beauty of John’s theology is that the Trinity is deeply embedded in the text so that the reader must dissect the book in order to glimpse the theological beauty that is present. This essay will seek to explore the threads of the Holy Trinity that appear in the book of Revelation by looking at the characteristics of God, the specific Christology of John and the role of the Holy Spirit in the book of Revelation....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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what is theology - What is theology. What does it explain if anything. According to the encyclopedia, it is related to the Greek Religion. In Christianity, the systematic study of the nature of God and God's relationship with humanity and with the world. Although other religions may be said to have theologies, this is a matter of controversy within, for instance, Judaism , which holds that God is unknowable. This article will therefore confine itself to Christian theology. The development of theology in Christendom arose from the need for educated Christians of the ancient world to express their ideas in terminology familiar in current thought....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Liberation Theology - Liberation Theology Liberation theology is situational. The emergence of liberation theology and the interpretation of the Bible under liberation theology stems directly to the participants place in society. As the title suggests, liberation theology interprets the Bible as a document of hope that will give strength and validity to a struggle against an oppressor. Liberation theology rises out of a new political consciousness. The oppressed people have to realize they are oppressed and that the Bible text can be used as a tool to overcome their oppressors....   [tags: Essays Papers] 634 words
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Black Theology - The development of Black Theology in the United was one that shocked the nation as a whole. While in slavery, Blacks had to sneak and hold church services. This was partly because Whites felt that Blacks were not able to be accepted into heaven, and they believed that once one as a Christian they could no longer be enslaved. So to appease their conscience they would not allow Blacks to take part in theology. Due to these issues Black Theology soon originated within the United States. The origination of Black Theology was only cracked open by the idea of slave theology....   [tags: Religion] 1507 words
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Liberation Theology - Liberation Theology I see [liberation theology] as a 'theology of the people,' rather than of professional theologians; rising out of the cries of the oppressed; refined in the experience of those who may not even be able to read and write; clarified in thousands of base communities; embodied in lives that risk everything to be faithful to the good news that God hears their cry, sides with them in their distress, and works with them for liberation- a liberation in which they play a central role even while recognizing that the ultimate attainment of liberation will be God's gift....   [tags: Literature Literary Essays]
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Theology in Hymns - Hopefully when one sings or hears a hymn or praise chorus they will be able to recognize biblical and theological themes. In the two songs that I have chosen the imagery is present and powerful. These two songs are among my favorites and hopefully I will do them justice within this paper. The words to "How Great Thou Art" are about experience and events; past, present, and future. It tells of what God has created and sustained, how salvation comes about, and what will happen in the end. This hymn starts on earth and ends in heaven....   [tags: Music] 379 words
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Theology of the Hammer - Theology of the Hammer In order for us as a society to move forward, I believe that we must adapt the same central ideas that Habitat for Humanity implements. The mission for Habitat for Humanity simply is to eliminate poverty housing by partnering with families to build and renovate houses. They implement "Matching the Word with Deed" (Fuller 21). I feel that this is important because preaching the good word of God is not the only way to help people, as there are many forms of doing God's work....   [tags: Essays Papers] 395 words
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The World as Will as Theology - The World as Will as Theology "The Absolute is its appearances; it really is." ... Bradley "And look at everyone — it's in them all" ["Und sieh dir andre an: es ist in allen"] ... Rilke It is interesting to view Schopenhauer's teaching of the world as Wille as a theology. In this light Schopenhauer can be considered an 'atheist' only from a narrow perspective.* Schopenhauer's theology, as a Western monist/monotheist view based on Eastern thought, offers an alternative both to atheism and to Western/Middle Eastern monotheism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)....   [tags: Religion Religious Essays]
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Theology Response - Theology Response I vividly remember walking down the aisle during my 8th graduation. The ceremony had just ended and I was proceeding to the cafeteria for dinner. Then all of a sudden, my grandpa, who has always been relatively close to me, pulled me aside. He whispered into my ear the key to life. "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching." However, as high school progressed, I seemed to have forgotten this advice. I have focused my attention on attaining wealth for the mere eminence of it....   [tags: Papers] 381 words
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Theology of The Matrix - Theology of The Matrix Reality, it is a concept that many struggle with. What is reality. What is real. No one really knows. The nature of life is the greatest mystery of all time. For centuries, the question of purpose and meaning has been one of humanity's driving forces. Why are we here. What are we meant to do. We live our lives, day after day, in what we call the real world. But, what if, as in The Matrix, reality is fiction. In The Matrix, reality is a world of the future, when our greatest accomplishments, are our greatest failures....   [tags: Papers] 372 words
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Feminist Theology - 3Write what you know, the pundits say, and I agree, we are conditioned to take the road less traveled by with only the different drummer to keep us company. As a student, I often find myself stumbling around in the theological woods, feeling lost, losing hope and ending up with mud everywhere, but especially on my face. However, the journey, while it lasts, is more interesting than the interstate highway of common knowledge; it certainly has a way of keeping complacency at bay. For me, that seed has often been something theological....   [tags: essays research papers] 531 words
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Wang's Theology on Christian Living - Unknown to many Western Christians, Mr. Wang Mingdao (1901-1991) is one of the most influential and respected Chinese Christian leaders of the 20th century. He was a pastor of an independent church in Beijing founded on the “Three-self principle”. He was the conscience of the Chinese church boldly confronting false teachings and evils at his time. He was a prisoner for Jesus Christ spending two decades in prison suffering for his faith. Wang Mingdao was born in Beijing where his parents had taken refuge within the Foreign Quarters of Beijing during the Boxer Uprising in 1900....   [tags: Theologians ]
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Theology - Luke 6:27-38 This passage sits in the context of Jesus' Sermon on the Plain which has striking parallels with Matthew's account, commonly called the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7). Both Luke and Matthew supplemented Mark with "Q" but used it differently to depict Jesus which is probably due to Luke's addition what is sometimes called "L" - Luke's distinct material that contains stories that exemplify positive moral behavior [Matera 64].{Where Q is a common source of oral and perhaps written tradition to which both Matthew and Luke had access....   [tags: Religion, Luke, Jesus] 896 words
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Theology - The Ethic of the Community in Luke’s Gospel For the sake of this study, Luke’s Gospel plays an important role in establishing the identity of the members of the community. Indeed, “without Luke’s Gospel our visual images of the Christian story would be impoverished” because “Luke’s Gospel [can be considered] the aesthetic teacher of Christian senses in hearing and speech through story and song and in sight through the many artistic renderings of his stories.” Luke accomplishes this feat by using cultural conventions surrounding hospitality and banqueting to “illustrate such important facets of Jesus’ teaching as generosity to the poor, forgiveness of sinners, humility rather than social power, and the priority given to the word of God.” The importance of community is established early in Luke’s Gospel as it becomes evident that God’s intention is the formation of a people and not the salvation of individuals....   [tags: Religion, Luke's Gospel] 2036 words
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The Theology, Christology and Pneumatology of the Book of Revelation - The Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse of John, is a complex and multi-dimensional text that encompasses a great deal of information and from which a large number of interpretations, and misinterpretations, can be drawn. This reality is one that continues into more purely theological investigations of Revelation, as questions of God, Christ, and the Spirit meet in a text written many centuries before the modern reader and before a traditional Christian ‘orthodoxy’ had been established. As such, within the Book of Revelation we encounter an author, as well as a Christian Community, re-interpreting and re-comprehending the nature of their God, and divinity in general, in light of the revelation of Christ and of the work of the Spirit among them....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Theology of C.S. Lewis - What child could know while watching The Chronicles of Narnia in theaters they were also getting a bible lesson. These tales unearth the theology of writer C.S. Lewis through the heart-felt emotions of joy and sorrow, terror and triumph in this fantasy world better known as Narnia. This is the work of renowned writer C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis is remembered and recognized by more people as a Christian apologist of the early and middle 20th-century because of the way his writing thrives with biblical images which present Christian theological ideas in a friendlier way for younger audiences....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Catholic Theology Essay Highlights - *Sense experiences/depth experiences: not limited by the empirical data-the really “real” is not necessarily able to be seen. *Religious Experience (depth experience): Not just a sense experience, an experience that causes people to change, always touches on the “other” (the transcendent)-that which goes beyond our understanding (anything that we can come up with) (ie..who can really explain the sunset?). *Orthopraxis (Right-practice): The process of doing the right things. *Orthodoxy: Believing the right thing....   [tags: essays research papers] 2377 words
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Black Liberation Theology - Black Liberation Theology can be defined as the relationship that blacks have with god in their struggle to end oppression. It sees god as a god of history and the liberator of the oppressed from bondage. Black Liberation theology views God and Christianity as a gospel relevant to blacks who struggle daily under the oppression of whites. Because of slavery, blacks concept of God was totally different from the masters who enslaved them. White Christians saw god as more of a spiritual savior, the reflection of God for blacks came in the struggle for freedom by blacks....   [tags: African American Studies] 1822 words
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Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology - Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology Missing Works Cited Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was perhaps best known for pronouncing that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him!” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science 388). Thinkers of the death of God theology of the American 1960s such as Thomas Altizer insisted that “we must recognize that the death of God is a historical event: God has died in our time, in our history, in our existence” (Christian Atheism 61). Although these two conceptions of the death of God differed, they had several aspects in common: they faced opposition, they thought religion was a product of human necessity, they acknowledged the importance of coexisting opposites, they expressed a certain humanism and interest in individuality, they saw God and religion as products partially of human influence, and they saw that Christianity diminished to a nominalistic existence....   [tags: Religion Papers] 2138 words
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Theology 1 summary - Introduction The following pages are my best attempt at writing my very first major project. I pray that it will contain the truth of what God had me learn at the Churches of God retreat center in January of this year. Although my notes seem extensive, it’s virtually impossible to literate all that was taught and shared during this class. However, Dr. Statts, I have confidence that these pages may express at least a hint of your spellbinding teachings. Upon returning to my home church in Dover, Pennsylvania, I asked my senior pastor and my mentor, the worship pastor, for any input and / or materials they may have to help me with this final project....   [tags: essays research papers fc] 8319 words
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Exploring the Validity of Natural Theology - Exploring the Validity of Natural Theology The thought processes that underlie Creationism and Evolution are undoubtedly very different. The fundamentalists of the former school of thought adhere to the Biblical tenet that divine creation in six days is responsible for environmental diversity, whereas evolutionists have repeatedly stated that the universe was created billions of years ago and is in a constant state of fluctuation. At first glance, these accounts of life on Earth seem incompatible—the creationists base their beliefs purely on faith and explain their surroundings based on that conclusion, while scientists work in the opposite direction by asking questions first and make systematic observations that have resulted from their propositions (Moore 5-6)....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]
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The Elimination of Natural Theology - The Elimination of Natural Theology ABSTRACT: The dispute between fideists and rationalists seems intractable since those who argue for faith alone claim that they are offended by the use of reason in religion. The advocates of reason claim that they are equally offended by the appeal to faith. This dispute may be resolved by showing that those who rely on faith may be seen as engaging in an experiment of living, so they can become part of a rational experiment without having to alter their practice; in contrast, those who use reason to justify religion can be seen as addressing a spiritual need....   [tags: Religion Religious Theological Papers]
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A Theology of Fly Fishing - A Theology of Fly Fishing I have been fishing as long as I can remember. It has been a pursuit, an adventure, a call, a metaphor, a meditation, and a coping mechanism. Being a young boy in the 1960s and 70s, reading Thor Heyerdahl adventures and watching Jacques Cousteau, National Geographic, and astronauts orbiting the earth and walking on the moon on television, the spirit of adventure and the wonder of the natural world were the air I breathed. Moreover, my family was of a religious bent where my sisters and I were more likely to be told to be quiet and pay attention on a nature walk than in church....   [tags: Religion God Christianity Papers]
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Theology Case Study - Theology Case Study The word Euthanasia is a term applied to 'mercy killing.' For the purpose of putting an end to extreme suffering, or saving abnormal babies, the mentally ill or the incurably sick from the prolongation, perhaps for many years, of a miserable life, which could impose too heavy a burden on their families or on society. Euthanasia is considered a highly controversial subject, and really brings the reality of the society we live in today, into the limelight....   [tags: Papers] 644 words
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Theology - How does Christ demonstrate he would remain sacramentally present to the community in the ritual of the Last Supper. At the Last Supper, which is also known as the sacred meal Jesus spoke to his disciples with the outmost amount of trust. He let them know through his words that he would be a part or one with them through anything. He actually said to them he would remain in their human lives no matter what. This meant that Jesus would be with them whether he was alive or dead. These disciples were his twelve closest friends....   [tags: essays research papers] 693 words
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The Main Aims and Messages of Feminist Theology - The Main Aims and Messages of Feminist Theology As Rosemary Radford Ruether said, "The critical principle of feminist theology is the promotion of the full humanity of women". The factors which take away women's humanity, which have been created by Patriarchal societies, are seen as not being true representations of the divine and the nature of the world. These implications are voiced throughout the bible, in the testament both Old and New and "Uses texts according to implicit or explicit assumptions about the normative development of Biblical faith"....   [tags: Papers] 426 words
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The Most Important Contribution to Eucharist Theology - The Most Important Contribution to Eucharist Theology The reconciliation of the physical world and faith has always been difficult, especially in regards to the Eucharist and accepting bread and wine to actually be the body and blood of Christ. Father Sergius Belgakov's The Holy Grail and the Eucharist examines the most important contribution to Eucharistic Theology by an Orthodox theologian. He insists on a "properly Christological" and Gospel-based interpretation of the sacrament, while acknowledging Thomas Aquinas' interpretations as well as the Aristotelian differentiation between substance and accident....   [tags: Papers] 592 words
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Theology And Education, Buber, Dialogue, And Metanoia - SUBJECT: Theology and Education, Buber, Dialogue, and Metanoia Alverson, J., Crossen, M. (2002). A Passion for the Impossible: How Theology Provides Insights on Education in General. Proceedings [of the] National Conference on Alternative and External Degree Programs for Adults, (pp. 44-59). Pittsburgh: ERIC. The full conference proceeding can be found at this website: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/1b/30/55.pdf Article Summary and Synthesis This conference proceedings chapter proposes additional and different questions about the theological impact on the classroom and student where theology concerns itself with the direct subject of God and the discipline of the impossible/Unknown (Alverson, Crossen, 2002)....   [tags: Article Summary Analysis] 1723 words
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Is Anti–Fundamentalism the Fundamentalism of the Anti-Fundamentalists? - 1 Proposed title Is anti–fundamentalism the fundamentalism of the anti-fundamentalists. 2 Background This study is, in the first place, not a study about the object of fundamentalism, the fundamentalist, but rather about the subject, the anti-fundamentalist – about the accuser rather than the accused, about the prosecution not the defence. I use the word ‘anti-fundamentalist’ instead of ‘non-fundamentalist’’ to make a distinction between those who publically oppose fundamentalists and those who can not be classed as fundamentalist....   [tags: Theology ]
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Christian Revelation - “The question of revelation in Christian theology is finally no less than the question of theology’s own ultimate source and norm… ” This statement serves as an excellent beginning point for our discussion of the Christian doctrine of revelation and its relation to the practice of theology. As these few words suggest, there is an intrinsically interwoven nature to the two ideas, more specifically, the dependency of Christian theology on revelation and, likewise, the comprehension of that revelation through the act of theologizing....   [tags: Theology ]
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The Triune God - The Trinity. I've been putting off this topic for quite a long time. You see, I love theology. I find it fascinating. I spend nearly my entire school day, reading up on such things. I however deal with a few issues. For one, I feel anything that I could say, for the most part can be found other places, better said. Secondly, I usually don't get the full gist of it all. Finally, I have an even harder time trying to explain it then I do trying to learn it. I would consider myself fairly intellectual, but my realm of intelligence is emotional and inter-personal....   [tags: Theology] 859 words
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Why is it more difficult to interpret Paul’s letters than it seems? - Why is it more difficult to interpret Paul’s letters than it seems. Paul’s letters are more difficult to interpret than they seem because they are occasional documents. They were written for a specific reason to a specific group with specific instruction for their situation. These letters contain valuable instruction for us, but only when we have an understanding of what the occasion was that these letters were written. How does the fact that letters are occasional documents (as opposed to literary texts, which may be non-occasional) influence the reading of letters....   [tags: Theology] 1187 words
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Wesley for the Armchair Theologians - This was a very interesting book and presented John Wesley in a very understandable format. It not only allowed me to gather a richer and fuller understanding of the Methodist foundation and had it was formulated. It allows a more universal conduit to help other to reflect upon the Methodist foundational people and doctrines. Chapter One I was intrigued by John Wesley’s family background. Of how, “John Wesley began life as a happy by-product of a family dispute” (p. 3, Abraham) of praying for King William III....   [tags: Theology]
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Karl Barth's Relational View of Imago Dei - “26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness...27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’” Genesis 1:26a, 1:27 The stories which humans tell about their origins are always cherished and held in high regard. In fact, no culture has existed which has not created or attempted to create some story of origins. Every culture has had some means in which to say this is where we came from. Especially in cultures where religion found itself prevalent, the mythology of origins became not only a status or anthropology but also a theology....   [tags: Theology ]
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As Satan Watches - Before the foundations of the world, was I predestined to give my life to God. Or was I in complete control of my decisions, my fate, which lead me to choose God. Queries such as these are the very type asked throughout history by not only by the founding fathers of the Christian faith but also by current theologians. The battle of the will has drawn stark white lines between denominations and close friends. Nevertheless, few choose to accurately examine what they are debating in depth and tend to have shallow understanding of the issue....   [tags: Theology]
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Forsaken Promises - What does the future hold. What will happen at the end of the age. Will the church be raptured up into Heaven or will the church remain on Earth. Are the Jews still God’s chosen people. Has the church replaced Israel. These and other questions have been asked since Jesus left Earth and ascended into Heaven. Since that day Christians have been looking and longing with eager anticipation for the return of Christ. The study of the return of Christ, or last things, is known as Eschatology, and within Eschatology there are several schools of thought concerning the Church and Israel....   [tags: Theology ]
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ROMANS AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW - Paul’s letter to the Romans is known as one of his greatest theological works. It has been passed down for thousands of years and is still just as relevant today as it was in Paul’s time. How exactly is it relevant the modern day Christian may ask. What with its harsh language that includes strong sentences such as “the wages of sin is death” (6:23) and “the wrath of God” (1:18) one may say that the times have changed. Some may say that these issues in Paul’s time are acceptable in society today....   [tags: Theology ]
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