Week1_TFT_1Prolegome - PROLEGOMENA 1 CHAPTER I PROLEGOMENA TO THEOLOGY I INTRODUCTION To some people theology is a queen that reigns over the

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PROLEGOMENA 1 CHAPTER I – PROLEGOMENA TO THEOLOGY I. I NTRODUCTION To some people, theology is a queen that reigns over the sciences. To some people theology is the “words of God,” or at least they respect it as man’s thoughts about God. Other people reject the word theology because it means dead orthodoxy, and in some churches, theology has taken the place of Christ and the Bible. To others, theology is equated with liberalism. Still there are some who attack theology because they feel it will stifle their soul-winning zeal. The great evangelist Dwight L. Moody often accused theology of being the sterile wrapper of Christianity. He once said, “Feeding on doctrine is like trying to live on dry husks.” Then he went on to add, “I pity a person who has to be fed religion with a theological spoon.” “I don’t like your theology!” a woman once said to Dwight L. Moody. He laughed, “Theology!” he said to the lady, “I didn’t know that I had any theology.” Even though Moody was reacting to dead theology, he had a living theology of his own. Anytime someone takes several Scripture verses and synthesizes them into one sermon or Sunday school lesson, he is constructing a theology. Therefore, when Moody took several references to Jesus Christ in Scriptures and gave his listeners a broad picture of the Son of God, he was theologizing. Moody understood the cohesive glue that held theology together, and he emphasized the ultimate aim of theology. He said, “A creed is a road or street. It is very good as far as it goes, but if it doesn’t take us to Christ, it is worthless.” 1 This volume is an attempt to present in a systematic, comprehensive and complete form the doctrines of God and His works. But the aim is to go beyond a theological statement of belief. It is an attempt to give theology a heart, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity begins with the statement, “In the beginning God . . . . ” Since every finite thing has to begin somewhere, an excellent place to begin one’s study is with God. But what about the preparations we must make before we get started? Just as there are many things to prepare before the driver starts his car on a race day, so there are attitudes, tools and assumptions that go before the study of theology. This preparation is called prolegomena , which means “things that are said before.” Therefore, prolegomena is the introduction to the study of theology because it comes first and gives direction to the formation of one’s belief. Prolegomena comes from the Greek word πρ o “before” and λεγ ω “to say.” Just as the blueprints will determine the shape of the building to be constructed, so your attitude and principles of studying theology will determine your doctrinal position. Even the words and definitions you use to answer the question “What is theology?” will determine the way you express your faith and its content.
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PROLEGOMENA 2 Prolegomena deals with your presuppositions, which are the attitude you bring to the question, “What is theology?”
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