Kelly M. However, even the something me likes Kapic's first paragraph or two better:.
For some people the question of whether or not God exists is a painful and haunting uncertainty not easily dismissed. But for most people the question is not whether God exists, but what is God like.
Not whether there is a deity, but how many, and which one s. How do we know God? Can God be trusted? Does God care? And is God good? Whenever we speak about God we are engaged in theology. Theology is not reserved for those in the academy; it is an aspect of thought and conversation for all who live and breathe, who wrestle and fear, who hope and pray.
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I have to tell you--these words grab me from the very beginning and make me want to read more. I have long felt that the church at large is too segregated from the academy meant for supposed theological "professionals.
- Well, Did You Evah?.
- The 1930s - I Remember When I Was Young (20th Century Memories);
- From Theology to Theological Thinking;
- Momentum for Life, Revised Edition: Biblical Practices for Sustaining Physical Health, Personal Integrity, and Strategic Focus.
- Jean-Yves Lacoste. From Theology to Theological Thinking. Translated by W. Chris Hackett.?
- Roads to the Temple: Truth, Memory, Ideas, and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987-1991;
- Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Kapic's A Little Book for New Theologians was written in the context of his own interaction with new theological students in introductory doctrine classes. It was fine-tuned over a number of years as he taught and engaged in conversation with these individuals. He writes in the acknowledgments section of the book:. I hope students might read this book near the beginning of their theological studies, whether such education takes place formally within a classroom or informally as one sits reading and reflecting.
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My prayer is that this book might, in some small way, help new theologians avoid the strong dichotomies of theological detachment. I would suggest that Kapic's Little Book is the kind of reading that is suitable for all believers, regardless of their level of training and years of experience. Adams, Yale University Kenneth J. Konyndyk, Calvin College Arthur F.
Lucas, Oxford University Henry J. Stob, Calvin Theological Seminary. Course code: Credits: Semester: Department:. Additionally, I would be remiss not to mention the importance of Herman Ridderbos, particularly his major works on the kingdom teaching of Jesus and the theology of Paul. Which of your works did you enjoy writing the most? I can't say that I "enjoyed" writing any of them!
- Richard Hooker.
- Bestselling Series.
- Natural Theology and Natural Religion.
- Infatuation or Bust.
- Today's Theologians: Dr. Richard Gaffin;
Writing, for me, is like sweating bullets. If I could answer in terms of a sense of fulfillment with the result of what I set out to produce, while it would be difficult for me to single out one work, I suppose Resurrection and Redemption and Perspectives on Pentecost come to mind as much as any for setting the direction of much of my teaching and other publishing. Would you make any revisions to things that you have written or taught today, as your theology has developed over the years?
I've tried to listen carefully for correction to various criticisms of my views over the years and, more importantly, continually to Scripture, but I'm not aware of anything that requires substantive revision. My primary interest in biblical theology has always been not for its own sake but for the relationship and interface between it and systematic theology, as the former serves to provide the latter with its life-blood: sound exegesis, and for that, attention to the text within its context in the unfolding history of special revelation is essential.
In that regard, over the years I've come to a greater appreciation than I had initially of the indispensable facilitating role of historical theology both the history of interpretation and the history of doctrine for a sound understanding of that relationship. There has been a great deal of work done by various scholars on different biblical theological themes. Could you elaborate? Picking up on my comments about the integral relationship between biblical and systematic theology, it's safe to say that there is no biblical-theological theme that is properly considered in isolation from systematic theology or does not carry implications, often important, for systematic theology.
Here, for Reformed theology especially, issues related to redemptive history understood more specifically as the history of the covenant of grace that begins following the covenant of works and the fall come to mind as much as any. What distinguishes biblical theology is its focus on the history of special revelation as it is tethered to and interprets the history of redemption in its once-for-all accomplishment realized in the culminating work of Christ "in the fullness of time" historia salutis.
Key in this regard is the challenge to do justice to the unified diversity of that long unfolding covenant history, particularly as it includes the Mosaic economy, without at the same time eclipsing or compromising the one way of applying and appropriating that accomplished salvation for both old and new covenant believers--by faith in Christ and his work, whether, prospectively, as promised or, retrospectively, as completed ordo salutis.
Yet this must also be done in a way that keeps clear that new covenant believers experience that applied salvation in its entirety by virtue of their union with the Christ as he is now exalted, a union that believers under the old covenant did not yet enjoy. Clarifying this new covenant privilege and its implications remains a fruitful area for exploration. What books would you recommend on redemptive history and preaching? Dennis Johnson's recent Him We Proclaim.
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