theology essay #3 - As defined by classical theology asking...

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As defined by classical theology, asking questions and seeking to understand more about the Christian faith is huge component of theology. So, what is the proper method of asking theological questions? In his book, Migliore writes of three methods of asking theological questions. The three methods are: Karl Barth’s Christocentric method, Paul Tillich’s method of correlation, and lastly the praxis approach of liberation theology. These methods have their strengths and weaknesses, but they are not equal. The weaknesses of some of the methods have those following it ending up going away from the Christian faith. Karl Barth’s Christocentric method in essence has Christ as the beginning point and center of all questions. All truths must be checked and referred back to Christ. Theology is a “disciple of the church in which the church continuously tests itself and its proclamation by its own norm, which is Jesus Christ as attested in Scripture.” 1 This serves as protection so that one’s thinking doesn’t end up straying away from the Christian faith. That is one of the strengths of this method; the questions and answers of theology are “disciplined by theology’s matter and norm”. (Migliore, 17) A weakness of this method is the total disregard to one’s experience or situation. Although, “Barth does
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