Lectures_01_4 - 1 THE CHURCH AND ITS DOCTRINES COURSE NOTES LECTURE ONE COURSE SYLLABUS[See Syllabus LECTURE TWO DEFINITION AND METHOD OF

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THE CHURCH AND ITS DOCTRINES COURSE NOTES LECTURE ONE: COURSE SYLLABUS [See Syllabus] LECTURE TWO: DEFINITION AND METHOD OF THEOLOGY  [Dorman, xv-xxii] Introduction: What Is Theology? (Prolegomena) Note: This introductory unit seeks to place the course in relation to the entire theological curriculum. That is, the aim is to  provide a broad overview of Theology and then to zero in on the course itself as a course in Bible Doctrine. We want to draw  the whole map of the theological curriculum and then place the “X” on the map where this course is located. We also want to  (changing the metaphor) provide the student with a set of plans for the course. I.  The Definition of Theology A. The Term Itself  “theos” – God “logos” –  discourse, word (study) B. Various Definitions of Systematic Theology:  1. “Systematic Theology may be defined as the collecting, scientifically arranging,  comparing, exhibiting, and defending all of the facts from any and every source  concerning God and His works.” (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology , Vol. 1, p. 6) 2. Theology is “the science of the facts of divine revelation so far as those facts  concern the nature of God and our relation to Him, as His creatures, as sinners, and  as the subjects of redemption. All these facts, as just remarked, are in the Bible.”  (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology , Vol. 1, p. 21) 3. “Systematic Theology is any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole  Bible teach us today,’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology , p.  21) 4. “Systematic theology correlates the data of biblical revelation as a whole in order to  exhibit systematically the total picture of God’s revelation. [Systematic theology]  1
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focuses on the total structure of biblical doctrine.” (Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology , p.  15; see also Paul Enns, Moody Handbook of Theology , pp. 147-48). C. The Ingredients of a Good Definition of Theology  (Millard Erickson, Christian Theology , pp. 21-22). 1. Theology is biblical 2. Theology is systematic 3. Theology relates to the issues of culture and learning 4. Theology must contemporary 5. Theology must be practical D.  The Working Definition: Theology must be grounded in the Doctrine(s) of the Bible, informed by the history of the  church (creeds, confessions, tradition), articulated in the context of the church and culture,  for the purpose of evangelism of the world and the edification of the church.  II.   The Method of Theology A. The First Principle  “Faith Seeking Understanding” or “Faith Thinking”  (Trevor Hart, Faith Thinking , p.1; cf. Grenz and Olsen, Who Needs Theology
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