Christian theology seeks to understand the God revealed in the bible and to provide a Christian understanding of God’s creation, particularly human beings and their condition, and God’s redemptive work. With scripture as its starting point, theology is most effectively developed by following a definite methodology.
- State and explain five facets of the definition of theology
- Explain why theology may be considered a science
- Identify the potential source for Christian doctrine, and explain why this question is important
- Describe the process of doing theology and illustrate how it should be done
Modernism, with its “belief in the rationality of the universe,” has been the hallmark of the twentieth century. Today, however, there has been growing dissatisfaction with the modern view. The result has been the emergence of the postmodern movement, which is affecting every area of intellectual endeavor, including theology. It is important for Christians to understand postmodernism and to construct a theology to evidence awareness of and response to it. Some aspects of postmodernism are compatible with and supportive of biblical Christian theology, while other parts are antagonistic. Christian theology needs to support and use the former while rejecting the latter.
- Reviewing the characteristics of modernity, how did they influence and affect theology during the period characterized as “modern”?
- In comparison to thoughts and ideals of scientists and philosophers of the modern period, what changes in perspective have occurred in the postmodern period?
- Considering the values and morals of the postmodern age, what do you believe the theologians of the post-postmodern age will have to contend with?
- How should we construct a responsible criticism of radical postmodernism?
This blog serves to chronicle our journey through fundamental biblical theology as we explore Erickson‘s work through a moderate evangelistic lens. In chapter by chapter fashion, we will engage in dialogue through modes of detailed interpretation and expansion on main points & concepts, answering the provided study questions, and sharing anecdotal truths or testimonies.
Our aim is to accurately construct and thoroughly comprehend a sound theological foundation incorporating modern-day knowledge and understanding. In the process we hope it elucidates ambiguities, illuminates fuller biblical truths, and deepens your walk with the Lord.
- Each chapter is recorded (except 1-3)
- Text read verbatim
- Study questions answered and discussed
“But grow in the grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18
The bible teaches that God is both immanent and transcendent. God is present and active within his creation, but superior to and independent of anything that he has created. These biblical ideas must be kept in balance. The tendency to emphasize one or the other will lead to a faulty conception of God. Several methods have been employed to classify the attributes or qualities of God. We have chosen to follow the classification that differentiates between his greatness and goodness.
- What are some problems and distortions that evidence the need for a correct understanding of God?
- What difficulties arise when we overemphasize either immanence or transcendence?
- How do we confuse God’s attributes with God’s acts? Give some examples
- What is the relationship between God’s essence and his attributes?