Category Archives: Prolegomena

The Conflict of Two Wisdoms – 1 Corinthians 1-3

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            As expressed in previous articles, it is essential that we know the Biblical development of a topic based on prime texts that address it. When discussing the Biblical approach to theology and doctrine, we would be at a loss to miss the clarity of 1 Corinthians 1-3. In it God has declared the supremacy of His wisdom as well […]

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Formation of Biblical Doctrine – Part 3

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The Principles We Apply             Every professional knows the boundaries of his field and dares not violate those boundaries. Scriptural principles act like boundaries for those who are willing to listen. In our field of study, we must exercise certain disciplines to keep us from surpassing what is appropriate for our field.             We Employ Spiritual Intelligence and Discernment. Whereas […]

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Formation of Biblical Doctrine – Part 2

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The Tools We Use             Living in the third millennium A.D., we have the advantage of several tools to aid us in studying Scripture texts and topics. To depend fully on these tools is to be naive. But to ignore these tools is to be presumptuous. Both teaching and self-study are essential in the understanding of Biblical truth. To ignore […]

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Formation of Biblical Doctrine – Part 1

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Preconditions to Studying             When establishing a method of theology, one needs to understand first and foremost that there is no such thing as “theological instant coffee.” In other words, there is no fail-proof method that guarantees 100% correct doctrine in one step. There is no place for presumption when studying doctrine. This does not mean we cannot confidently assert […]

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Foundations of Good Theology

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            Every good theological position – every well-formulated doctrine – begins on a solid foundation. Imagine a scientist proposing a new theory without any knowledge of scientific formulas. Imagine a single trying to give marriage counseling. Imagine a grammarian writing a dictionary without training in linguistics. What is wrong with these pictures? In each of them, there is an inadequate […]

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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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