Christian Life and Thought 1710-05
The Problem of Evil
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God is transcendent, separate from and exalted BOVE HIS CREATION
God is holy, other than , separate from, distinct from everything he has
created, in particular, from sin and evil.
Gods ontological holiness: God is essentiall
Humanity in Genesis 1-2
Nature: we are the stuff of the earth, integrally connected to the rest
Nature: we are body-spirit in unity
Meaning: discerning beauty, truth, and goodness in this world
Purpose: we are to live with
Male and Female in Genesis 1-2
both male and female are created in the image of God as adam
both male and female ave the identity of imago dei and he function of the
gender and sexuality are dimensions of Godd very good creation of
The Imago Dei
Substantive: focuses on the substance of humanness often humans
Moral: focuses on humans moral awareness and responsibility
Relational: focuses on humans relational dimension, bot
The Problem of Evil
Natural evil: non-human causes
Moral Evil: human causes
Theodicy- a response to the problem of evil, an attempt to vindicate Gods
turn the question around: if the key problem for theism is the problem of evil,
Does not mean that:
People are as bad as they could be
Every person co mmits every sin possible
There is no goodness or beauty or truth in the world
Does mean that:
Every person has a predisposition toward sin (original sin), an
Humanity through scripture
Who are we as human beings?
We are creatures of God our Creator
We are physical-spiritual beingd sharing both in the substance of the
earth and the life of God
We are in Gods image, which gives human life dignity and
A theology od sin
What is sin
Sin is any thought, word or deedor deed not donewhich id
contrary to Gods will for human beings. It is disobedience and unfaithfulness to
God, causing harm to others and the rest of creation. It is
Why do we sin
We sin becau
Creation themes though scripture
Who is God?
God is the transcendent and immanent, holy and almighty, loving and
God through Christ is the transcendent and immanent, holy and
almighty, loving and faithful Creator
What is the n
God is imminent.
God is omnipresent, so that there is nowhere in Gods creation where
God is not
God is omniscient, seeing and knowing all things throughout his
God is just, impartial and equitable in his actions, always
Creation theme in Gen 1-2
God is the transcendent and immanent, holy and almighty, loving and faithful
The world is Gods good creation, the well ordered, temple like sacred space
for Gods presence, and the beautiful, garden like overflow of Gods a
Christian Life and Thought BEGE 1710-05
Doctrine of Salvation
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The need to explore the longings of human existence, articulation how these
God- given human longings are fulfilled in Christ.
Creation groans, we groan, the Spi
Questions about world views
Animism- there is something more to this world, forces beyond our control
that animates the things around us
Naturalism- only what can be observed with our senses exists
Polytheism- many gods
Monotheism- only one go
One God in Ancient Israel
Duet 6:4 YHWH the Lord is our God the Lord alone
Context of idolatry and other religions
Duet 6:5 love YHWH the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind
Focus on devotion and allegiance to Y
Doing theology well
Ask good questions
Is this question relevant?
Is this question necessary?
Do we really want to know the answer?
Using good resources
God is Three
In the NT
1 cor 8:6 . one God, the Father. one Lord, Jesus Christ
Matt 28:18-20 . Baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
2 cor 13:13 (14) May
An exercise in Trinitarian theology
Trinitarian theology: using the doctrine of the trinity as the key lens through
which to study God and all things in relation to God
The Diversity-in- Unity of God
God exists as a plurality of persons within
Does God change?
God is transcendent, separate from and exalted above his creation
In Gen 1
God is Elohim (the strongest one)
God speaks the creation into being (let there be)
God is depicted as above and beyond his creation (names the
Not What is God?
Often our questions are more about what God is
This approach studies God in a scientific way
What are the component parts of God?
What forces are at work within God?
How can we explain this phenomenon called God?