Development of Faith - Throughout the centuries people who have been doing Christian theology have tried to organize the material in different ways

Development of Faith - Throughout the centuries people who...

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Throughout the centuries, people who have been doing Christian theology have tried to organize the material in different waysOften, they based these orders on the creedsWhat is theology, what is scripture, how is it connected to oral tradition?If you connect scripture to the earliest traditions of Christianity, you can create a timeline of the development of the faithOrder of creedOn theologyOn holy scriptureOn revelationOn faithOn God (theology)On creation (cosmology)On man (anthropology)On sinOn Christ (christology)On grace (soteriology)On the Church (ecclesiology)On the means of salvationOn the last things (eschatology)I dealing with the Greco-roman world, we have already seen that early Christianity is a synchronism of the Hebrew/Jewish and grecoroman world. They are dealing with all the aspects of culture.5th century BC- great age of the Hellenic culturePeople felt very much at home in the cosmos.Hellenistic world- losing the sense of the city-state because the world has expanded.Within this newly expanded world were a slew of viewpoints, all in competition for dominance.In terms of the major philosophical traditions that came to influence early Christianity: platonism, aristotilianism, stoicismEarliest surviving Christian writings outside of the new testament are the writings of the "apostolic fathers"For centuries they were thought to be works of individuals who were personal acquaintances of the apostlesActually, these folks were second generation Christians who gave us an insight into what was going on in the church at that time, both internally and externallyInternal: what are we as a church going to teach?External: roman persecution, critiques by other religions, encounter with the Jews1st Clement: a writing to the Corinthians from the church of Rome somewhere around 96ADthere was the practical problem of disunity in the church in Corinth. Apparently there was a rebellious attitude among the Corinthian brothers against their church leadership. The crux of the matter was the rightful authority of the Church.One party was arguing that the leadership of the church had to have their teachings in line with the apostolic doctrine.There were also appeals to the old testament as well as the stoic theory of natural law.

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