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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 - ... After Luther’s attempt at reformation in the Catholic Church believers are introduced to humanist Ulrich Zwingli who had similar views to Luther but had better positive reasons as to why he believed what he believed. Zwingli was more secure to religious aspects or practices being simpler for the believer opposed to being too much. Zwingli felt sacraments limited the freedom of the spirit. For him, “the material elements, and the physical actions that accompany them, can be no more than signs or symbols of spiritual reality.” (Gonzalez, pg....   [tags: Theology ]
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The Theology Behind The Suffering of Job - ... Their theological misinterpretation is a hindrance to Job. Scripture teaches that believers are to trust God’s perfect purpose in His actions, realizing His thoughts and ways are beyond human comprehension (Isa. 55:8-9). Second, through Job’s suffering, God is perfecting Job’s faith. Although the Bible declares Job “righteous,” he is far from sinless. Although Job is a godly man and careful in his worship and actions, he - like all men - is sinful. Job is the greatest man among all living in the East and has developed pride....   [tags: Theology]
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Dynamics of History as Argument for Biblical Theology - ... In this regards states Edwards that “...there is doubtless some design that God is pursuing, and scheme that he is carrying on, in the various changes and revolutions that from age to age happen in the world...” Redemption and history are essentially intermingled because the ultimate mark of history is God’s redemptive activity. The whole historical realm is evidence of God’s redemptive plan from the beginning to the end of history. Edwards lived in a Puritan religious era that accorded high prominence to revivals and awakenings as a manifestation of God’s saving grace....   [tags: theology]
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Liberation Theology and Protestant Reformation - ... His Ninety-Five Theses written in 1517 was a direct denunciation towards Johann Tetzel ‘business’ who sold the indulgences of Pope Leo X (Collinson, 2003:46). Luther went so far on his critiques towards the papacy indulgences that at some point he described Pope Leo X as the Antichrist (Pettegree, 1999:245). ‘His theses disagreed point by point with the way the Church was being managed and it was the first time that the term Protestant was used (?).His theological contributions competed with the Church’s political interests (Pettegree, 1999:240-242)....   [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 - ... Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnates (47)." Grace is dear and costly. With costly grace, a man must give up his life to follow Christ. Grace is dear because it cost the Son of God his life, but it is grace because God did not count this too great a cost. Cheap grace only arose due to the secularization of the Church and the due to the world becoming Christianized. Even though cheap grace kept rising, this does not mean that costly grace was becoming extinct; it was not....   [tags: Religion, Dietrich Bonhoeffer] 2346 words
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The Theology, Christology and Pneumatology of The Book of Revelation - ... Likewise, Jesus declares, “I am the first and the last” (1:17) as well as “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (22:13). The collusion of identity within these two titles, especially through the shared title of God in verse 21:6 and Jesus in verse 22:13, is evidence of a situating of Christ within the divinity of God, while retaining the monotheistic belief in one divine being. Another example expressing the understanding of Christ’s ontological divinity is the way in which Jesus is seen as a recipient of worship within the text....   [tags: The Bible, Theology]
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An empathic God: Moltmann's cross-centered theology - ... suffered not, because the Word, being by nature God, is impassible.”4 Likewise, John of Damascus says, “He was crucified in the flesh, suffered in the flesh, and died in the flesh, while His divinity remained unaffected.”5 It was Martin Luther, perhaps, who came closest to saying that God somehow died. He says, “The death of the man with whom God is one Thing or Person is justly called the death of God... God is crucified for us.”6 The theological position that God neither suffers nor experiences pain or pleasure is deeply influenced by Greek philosophical categories....   [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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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 - ... This facet of the Trinity will be given the most detailed study in this essay as more is said about it in Revelation and it is both mysterious and cements the gospel of Jesus Christ within the last book of the canonical Bible. Bauckham states that, “the importance of John’s extraordinary high Christology for the message of Revelation is that it makes absolutely clear that what Christ does, God does.” John selects carefully each word that is used in his book, his mastery is clear to see. He has no need to define his Christology but he gets the reader to view the literature through his lens with subtle images and words....   [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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The Theology of St. Augustine - Having examined the overriding philosophical tenets of the early Church, we now move to the more concrete examples of how that philosophy colored dogma concerning virginity, marriage, and contraceptive / abortive acts. As we shall see, it is again St. Augustine who directs Church theology both from the theoretical explications we have already seen and personal experience. The role of virginity in Christian theology is profound. The Christian virgin occupies the most venerated and holy state of life....   [tags: Religion]
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Wang's Theology on Christian Living - ... Wang is an outspoken fundamentalist in the Chinese churches. The central doctrine of Wang’s theology was regeneration in Christ, upon which Christianity stands or falls. He insisted the inerrant bible as the authority for all Christian doctrine and Christian life. He delineated the justification and sanctification phases of salvation, preaching that a person is justified only by faith, yet the integrity of the believer became the fruits of one’s sanctified life. He often challenged believers to live out lives of personal virtue, which was not a popular position then....   [tags: Theologians ]
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Theology - ... 5:3) which seems to indicate that Luke's material is closer to the original.[Lohfink, 35]{Based on the textual criticism principle that expansions are due to a scribe's perceived need to further explain the content. Additionally, Nolland points to the presence of more agricultural material in Matthew and believes that this type of content is more original and that Luke omitted it (Nolland, 292). This would probably serve the Gentile interests of Luke's audience better. Nolland does see the parallelism in vv....   [tags: Religion, Luke, Jesus] 896 words
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Theology - ... Finally, Matthew’s version has an extended summary before the content of the actual teaching to emphasize the moment in salvation history. Both evangelists seem to “oscillate” between the disciples and the people which Lohfink understands as intent to portray the ethics of the kingdom as primarily to the disciples but ultimately to apply to all Israel. Jesus had finished calling his disciples (Lk. 5 - 6) and retired to a mountain to pray. There he prayed overnight (6:12) before he chose the Twelve “whom he also designated as apostles.” (Lk....   [tags: Religion, Luke's Gospel] 2036 words
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The Theology, Christology and Pneumatology of the Book of Revelation - ... Throughout the Book of Revelation, God is entitled with a number of divine names that reflect the eternal nature, heavenly rule, and future eschatological coming of the divine being. Names such as ‘the First and the Last’, ‘the One who is and who was and who is to come’, ‘the One seated upon the throne’ and ‘Alpha and Omega’ all attest to the nature of God as ever-being and everlasting and also as holding the true authority. This understanding in connection with the belief that heaven is the ‘sphere of ultimate reality’ , leads the reader to view the power and authority of Rome as merely an illusory attempt to claim the power and name of God....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Theology of C.S. Lewis - ... And the humps move and swelled until they burst, and the crumbled earth poured out of them, and from each hump there came out an animal." (Lewis, 1988, p.105) Lewis further emphasizes animals throughout his narrative by using Aslan the lion as a God-like figure: "The Lion opened his mouth...he was breathing out a long, warm breath; it seemed to sway all the beasts as the wind sways a line of trees." (Lewis, 1988, p.108). This eluding to the concept of the life-giving breath of God the Father is directly related to an area of the book of Genesis which states: "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Gen 2:7)....   [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? - ... By the 1910s some conservative American Christians has had enough of liberal theological changes in their churches and the "fundamentalist movement” was born. Their reaction was strong. If it is true that fundamentalist Christians are unable to deal with critical, liberal theology can it be equally true that Liberal Theology and society is equally unable to deal with any commitment to biblical authority and Scripture as a “norming norm”. Do we still observe a scenario of reactions and counter reactions....   [tags: Theology ]
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Christian Revelation - ... Most notably these are demonstrated in Psalm 19:1 and Romans 1:20 , but the point is especially clear in Act chapter 17, in which Paul identifies the ‘unknown God’ that the Athenians worshipped as, in fact, the God revealed in Jesus Christ . This understanding of revelation is summed up by John Calvin as the universal ‘sense of divinity’, and is generally considered, though there are dissenting viewpoints , as a valid but weak form of revelation as it primarily speaks to the existence of the divine and not clearly of the characteristics or nature of the God ....   [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 - ... “Humans are radically temporal beings,” and this restless finds no goal within life satisfying for long. Because of this tendency which lies within the human nature, it is obvious why one would stray or at least remain cautious in using language which denoted material terms about the image of God. As Migliore concludes, “Human life is oriented to and kept open by God’s promise of abundant and abiding life that cannot be seized and possessed but can only be received as a gift again and again.” According to Grenz, “Some scholars view the imago dei as involving the capacity for relationship with God....   [tags: Theology ]
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As Satan Watches - ... At the heart of the debate is if God elects certain people or if man chose God. Thousands of verses can be offered from both sides, and brilliant theologians can be quoted from either side of the line. Obviously the two are polar opposites, and are impossible to reconcile. Therefore, it would be easy to imagine that throughout history quarrels have sparked between the two sides. Three of the most eminent disputes are: Augustine and Pelagius, Luther and Erasmus, and Calvin and Arminius. In the 4th century A.D., Pelagius and Augustine’s differing thoughts collided into one another, creating one of the most influential debates to the field of the will....   [tags: Theology]
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Forsaken Promises - ... Therefore, since this time the church has existed in a parenthetical relationship with Israel and there is coming a day when Christ will come again for Israel. Ryrie writes, “The church is distinct because of who are included within the body (Jews and Gentiles), and it is distinct because of the new relationship of Christ indwelling the members of that body. Both of these are unique to the church and were not known or experienced by God’s people in Old Testament times.” In Old Testament times the promises of salvation was tied to the land, God blessed the land and all who dwelt in the land, however, in the dispensation of the church, the blessing is tied to faith in Christ....   [tags: Theology ]
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ROMANS AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW - ... Where once man had peace with God and walked with God and knew God in a way that no man has known since, when Adam openly disobeyed God that shared communion was shattered and along with it, any hope of redemption outside of God’s ultimate plan. What then does Romans teach about sin. Ultimately, Paul teaches that the wages of sin is death (6:23). James Dunn includes these additional consequences; “Misdirected Religion,” “Self-Indulgence” and “Sins.” Of the four that Dunn lists, the easiest by far to understand would include the consequences of further sin or having a sin-nature and death....   [tags: Theology ]
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