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Define Theology
Latin theologia, which comes from two crucial Greek root words: theos and logos a reasoned discourse about God gained either by rational reflection or by response to God's self-disclosure in history. Pg. 5
What is Christian Theology
The orderly exposition of Christian teaching. Pg. 4
What is revealed Theology
God being self-revealed in History
What is natural Theology
the human search for God, on the basis of natural human intuition, moral insight, and reasoning
What is the essential purpose of the study of theology
to bring into a fitting, consistent expression the Christian faith
What is the relationship of ousia and hypostasis in Nicene teaching on the Trinity
God is one in three distinct persons. Ousia – Essence or substance / Hypostasis – Persona, Person
Reference and quote at least five Old Testament references that seem to verify the Trinity as a whole and by parts.
Isaiah 48:16 "And now the soverign Lord has sent me with His Spirit"

Haggai 2:4 - Be strong... My Spirit remains among you"

Genesis 18:1 - "The Lord appeared to Abraham as three men"

Genesis 1:26 - Let us make man in our own image.

Exodus 3:2-4 - Burning bush

Isaiah 63:7-14 - The kindness of the Lord.

Psalm 2:7 - You are my Son today I have become your Father.
Reference and quote at least five New Testament references that seem to verify the Trinity as a whole and by parts.
Matthew 3:16-17 Jesus baptized.

John 5:20 - “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.

John 20:17 - Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.

Romans 9:5 “Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.”
Acts 10:19 “While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them."
How do we know Jesus Christ is Son of God in ways that we are not? Give 5 reasons. One sentence each
Jesus Christ is called by divine names


Jesus Christ is ascribed divine attributes


Jesus Christ does divine works


Jesus Christ is worthy of divine worship


Jesus Christ is celebrated in Scriptures
How do we know the Holy Spirit is God? Give FOUR REASONS
His names could be ascribed only to God


His attributes are God's own attributes


His works are God's own works

The worship due the Spirit is a worship due only to God
List EIGHT passages in the New Testament where the Trinity is “coordinately presented.”
Matthew 28:19


Matthew 3:16


2 Corinthians 13:13


1 Corinthians 1: 4-6


Ephesians 2:18


Jude 1:20- 21


John 14:26


1 John 3:23
Basil wrote, “the truth about ultimate origins will remain a mystery.” Why is what he said correct?
· The specific quote being referenced is found on Pg. 227
· The Answer: What he said was correct because “the world was not created coeternal with God”, thus we were not there, thus we cannot know. Pg. 228
God is known through what He does in creation, redemption, sanctification.. “The existential effects of creation, redemption, and sanctification are objectively experienced by the faithful as gracious in three ways.” What are they?
(1)finite creatures are radically dependent for their existence upon Another

(2)when human creation falls into sin it is lifted up by Another

(3)when human freedom seeks to respond to the mercy and love of God it is assisted by Another
What do we mean by unity and distinction in triune teaching
“Triune teaching includes two crucial aspects: unity and distinction. God is one in three distinct persons.”
Define:cosmic narcissism
“if God exists at all God must be as egocentric and uncaring as human beings evidently are”
atheism:
“denied any God who could have created"
moral reductionism:
“reduced God to a subjective hypothesis or projection of consciousness"
Pantheism:
identified the world with God
Platonism
which although it rightly argued that God is uncreated, wrongly argued that matter also is uncreated and therefore as eternal as God
What is God’s oikonomeo (economy)? What is it and how does it work?
“It is the range, means, and ends of God's providential ordering”

Conserving Providential activity (Conservatio)

Co-operative providential activity (Cooperatio)

Governing providential activity (gubernatio)
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence: Pantheism:
which confuses God and the world by absorbing God into the world.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence: Deism:
cuts God off from the world by making God the Creator of the world that God then abruptly leaves, as a watchmaker might leave a watch behind, implying a complete separation between God and the world.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence: Dualism:
which views the world as divided into two parts under a good power and a bad power who compete for control, neither of which could be final, and therefore neither of which could be God.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence:
Indeterminism:
which holds that the world is not under any intelligible control at all.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence:
Determinis:
which posits a control so absolute that it destroys human responsibility, freedom and accountability, viewing all events only in terms of their natural causal determination.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence: Omnicausality:
that holds that God so does everything that all other agents do nothing
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence:
Fate:
which denies that the ultimate power is benevolent
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence: Epicureanism:
holding that, if we fear the gods, we exist in bondage and servitude to them, and that those who wish to live in serenity should ignore the gods because the gods ignore them.
Give a one sentence definition of these views opposing God’s providence:
Stocism:
oriented toward the universal principle of reasoning in all things.
What is the relationship of human freedom to God’s sovereignty
Divine providence does not exclude free human agency but enables and sustains it.
If God knows what I later will do, does that not take away from my freedom?
Human freedom remains freedom, significantly self-determining, even if divinely foreknown.”
What are the advantages of “studying God”?
enlarges our minds

provides the intellect with the loftiest themes on which the human mind can dwell

ad-dresses moral conscience with the claim of God.

seeks to enliven the deepest religious impulses in human life

invites people to a new life of responsible love and accountability to God for their neighbor
What are the disadvantages of “studying God”?
“it can elicit pride”

“it can become egocentrically distorted”
If Christ is the revealed word, what are the following?

Scripture
The Written Word
If Christ is the revealed word, what are the following?

Tradition
The Remembered Word
If Christ is the revealed word, what are the following?

Experience
The Personally Experienced Word
If Christ is the revealed word, what are the following?

Reason
The Word Made Intelligible
What false impression does the use of the term “tradition” often leave with people?
“tradition may leave the unwanted implication that Christian teaching is essentially an archaic or dogmatic traditionalism that is determined simply by rigid formulas and in-group prejudices.”
What are the weaknesses of Church tradition
remains subject to further
exploration
experiential confirmation
amendment by subsequent evidence
What temperaments (attitudes) must the study of God require in us
HUMILITY IN THE FACE OF TRUTH

REVERENCE, Sense Of awe

PATIENCE

PRAYER FOR DIVINE ILLUMINATION

THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH
INTEGRITY

WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER FOR THE TRUTH
What are the “disciplines” (or, sub-sets) within the larger category of Theology
Biblical
Historical
Systematic
Pastoral
68. Many say that reason is superior to faith, that reason is based on facts but faith is strictly a personal, subjective thing. What is our response? Give several answers succinctly
Faith nurtures reason's seeing”

“faith presents evidences to reason”

“faith receives and believes and thereby transforms the knowing process.”

faith trusts that God's self-disclosure in history as at-tested by Scripture is true, reliable, and worthy of experiential trust.