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THEO 1213 Unit 1 Who Needs Theology: The question of good vs. bad theology 1. Quick definition of theology A. etymological B. functional 2. Everyone is a theologian 3. The continuum of theological reflection: levels of theological thought A. folk theology B. lay theology C. ministerial theology D. professional theology E. academic theology 4. Avoid the extremes!
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THEO 1213 Unit 2 Defining & Defending Theology: Whats and Whys 1. Definition of theology and types of theology: A. “Christian theology is reflecting on and articulating the beliefs about God and the world that Christians share as followers of Jesus Christ.” B. Types of theology: 1. biblical - doctrine, studying the bible by books and/or authors 2. historical - looks at the development of doctrine in the church 3. systematic – understanding your faith in the contemporary situation 4. practical – when we apply doctrine to contemporary church life such as how do you observe communion – ways of doing C. Divisions of theology: what their focus is: 1. Theology proper - God 2. Anthropology – (Gk. Anthropos means man) – the study of humankind and the created universe 3. Christology - the study of Jesus Christ and the salvation He brought 4. Pneumatology – Gk. Pneuma means breath or spirit) – The study of the Holy Spirit and His work in us and in the world 5. Ecclesiology - (gk. Ekklesia gathering or assembly) – the study of the Church as the fellowship of Christ’s disciples 6. Eschatology - (Gk. The end or final things) – The study of the consummation or completion of God’s program for creation - how things going to end up – how does the end of the universe happen? 2. Why study theology? A. to avoid fads – orthodoxy vs. heresy B. to strengthen your faith through testing C. to lessen “drag” – as we eliminate all the D. to ground our Christian living – being a Christian isn’t just knowing, it is about living! It will change how I live, it changes our worldview. E. it pleases God– if our focus is simply on us and the way that we think then it isn’t worthwhile – the focus should ultimately be on God!! God gave you a brain so you can use it, when you are listening to me (the prof) is to listen to what I say and compare it to the bible, and if I say something that doesn’t match up then you as a friend can help me to see it! II Cor 10:5 3. Defending theology – dealing with objections
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A. killjoy objection – there are some people who like to analyze every little thing and think that analyzing every little thing takes the joy or fun out of it! You don’t have to analyze everything to understand it B. divisiveness objection– worry that theology will divide the church. It is true that it could cause division but that is not necessary and can be avoided. However all division isn’t bad, Jesus Himself said that he came to bring division Matt 10:34-36 Sometimes however theology unites. It was through theology that the racial divisions of the church were abolished. Unity if possible; Truth at all costs! Theology is about C.
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2009 for the course THEO 1213 taught by Professor Kowalski,waldemar during the Spring '09 term at Northwest College.

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