The Relationship of Theology and the Articulation of Doctrine ROUGH DRAFT.docx

The Relationship of Theology and the Articulation of Doctrine ROUGH DRAFT.docx

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The Relationship of Theology and the Articulation of Doctrine There is a direct relationship existing between the body of work in theology and the resultant ability of Christians to articulate their doctrine. In order to examine this relationship, three controversial issue will be examined in this essay. The theology of the authority of scripture, marriage and family, and sex and gender and how it helps Christian’s articulate doctrine. Doctrine must derive from something, and it is reasonable to assume the work of theologians is one of the greatest contributors to the formation of Christian doctrine and as such, the ability of Christians to express doctrine. The Theology of the Authority of Scripture and Doctrine It would seem that how one reads the Bible is related to one’s doctrine of God. How an individual reads the Bible is theology. Whether the Bible is read literally, allegorically, or symbolically is determined by theology and hermeneutics. “The gospel revelation of God is inescapably verbal. His grace requires that he speak to us in his own words which are ours, our saving faith requires such words, so that we may trust our Lord.” [Car16] There are probably many statements about the God breathed inspiration of the scriptures 2 Timothy 3:16, but this one seems to express the why of the language of scripture while 2 Timothy 3:16 help develop the authority and purpose of scripture. “The Bible is God’s Word, and as such it carries God’s authority. Given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is absolutely trustworthy and utterly reliable (thus “infallible” or “inerrant”). Despite their disagreements among themselves on many matters, Christians of
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