Monthly Archives: January 2017

Theological Fallacies (3) – System-Related Fallacies

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            Humans are, by nature, peer-persuaded. In other words, they like to have the approval of a group, regardless of how right the group is. Thus cliches exist like “go with the flow,” “peer pressure,” and “mob mentality.” However, groups in and of themselves are not always bad. A country is a group. A family is a group. A business […]

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Theological Fallacies (2) – Fallacies of Text

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            True theology is always a result of properly handling the Scriptures. Sadly, many treat the Bible as a “free-for-all,” thinking its meaning can be subjectively modified. But God’s Word must be approached with consistency, reason, and balance. Every science is governed by rules of study; while we would not degrade theology to a simple science, it too is a […]

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Theological Fallacies (1) – Fallacies of Approach

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            Bad doctrine arises from bad foundations. This is true of every belief system, really, whether connected to theology or not. But it is especially important to recognize this in theology, because it concerns the Word of God. This deserves a quality consideration for how we will approach it. Sadly, most have failed to examine their approach, because consistence and […]

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Sorting Through Theological Claims – Part 3

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How to Interact with So Many Movements             With so many categories and camps, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. “How can so many people be in opposition? Can there really be so many people in the wrong? Don’t they have the same Bible? How can they read it and come to different conclusions than I do?” While these […]

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Sorting Through Theological Claims – Part 2

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Categories of Theological Camps             So then, knowing the importance of thinking in categories, we move on to actual categories in which we can think. These categories are not final, and there are many additions that could be made. But they should give us a good footing as we apply what has gone before.             […]

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Sorting Through Theological Claims – Part 1

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            When studying theology, there will always be a level of interaction with differences of opinion, to say the least. There are two false approaches to this fact. One is open-mindedness, that is, treating all theological claims as equally meritorious and worthy of consideration. This is what academia fails in, as well as ecumenism. The other false approach is to […]

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Does Doctrine Really Matter?

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         Christianity without a passion for doctrine should really be an oxymoron in our minds, because it simply does not make sense. We would not trust a scientist who claims, “I don’t study science; I only practice it.” We would not trust a doctor who says, “I don’t study anatomy; I just operate.” Yet when it comes […]

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An Introduction to Theology

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What is Theology?             Theology is a word which many tremble at as they picture dry academics and controversy which only real “Bible students” can understand. While this can appear to be a sort of humility, it is actually an ignorant position that produces needless fear. We need to understand what theology is before we can question its necessity.             […]

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