Week 2 Revelation and Scripture (ThEthics)

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Theological  Ethics Theology and Method 
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What is “Theology”? Theology   Theos + Logos =  Study of (or discourse about)  God  This course explores Christian Theology  
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What Makes “Theology” Christian? Theology is based on  revelation Revelation       Greek , apokalypsis  An unveiling or uncovering Theologically,  revelation  refers to God’s  self-disclosure in history.
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What Makes “Theology” Christian? Theology is based on  revelation Christian theology emphasizes God’s self- disclosure in life, teachings, death, and  resurrection Jesus Christ and the passing on of  that self-disclosure in the community of Jesus’s  followers. 
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Revelation Two Questions: How does God disclose God’s self? What does God’s self-disclosure entail?
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Revelation How does God disclose God’s self? Two branches of  revelation General Revelation : 1.) Marks of the Creator discernable via human reason  (e.g., empirical observation, rational inquiry) in the  created order (e.g., nature and history) 2.) Available to all people at all times
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Revelation How does God disclose God’s self? Two branches of  revelation Special Revelation : 1.) A particular dispensation of God’s self-disclosure  denoting a specific act of God toward a particular group  of people 2.) Supplements limited human knowledge 3.) Not available to all people at all times
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Revelation How does God disclose God’s self? Two branches of  revelation Sources of Revelation : Scripture   (An authoritative religious text [e.g. Bible]) Tradition   (accepted interpretation of scripture in  Christian history) Human Reason   (logic, empirical observation, critical  thought;  see later definition ) Experience   (personal and communal encounters with the  divine)   
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Revelation What does God’s self-disclosure entail? What does  revelation  provide? Varying Emphases : Revelation as Doctrine Proper set of propositional beliefs Revelation as Inner Experience  Movement within individual Revelation as Relationship   An encounter with the divine Revelation as New Awareness  Subject’s power for self-transformation Revelation as Historical   Account of divine interaction with the world
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Revelation Issues of Revelation Tensions within special revelation Some parts of the Bible seem to contradict others Progressive Revelation The content of revelation develops throughout  scripture “Newer” scripture is given interpretive authority  over “older” scripture 
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Revelation Issues of Revelation Tensions within special revelation At times scripture and tradition seem to contradict 
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course ACCT 109 taught by Professor Tee during the Spring '12 term at Pitt CC.

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