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Inerrancy (2): Why It Is Necessary

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            The theologian who denies inerrancy is faced with certain foundational problems that he cannot wish away. He has to be inconsistent in how he interprets Scripture, he has to form a conviction about errors in the Bible apart from the Bible itself, and he has to nullify the true weight and authority of Scripture.             The liberal theologian would often […]

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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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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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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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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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