Introduction to Christian Thought Essay

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THEO 104: Introduction to Christian Thought

Study Guide

Week 1: Introduction to Theology

Textbook Readings:

Towns: Introduction & Ch. 1

1. What year was Jesus born? 4BC in Bethleham, South Palestine to an unknown family 2. When was Christianity made Rome’s National Religion? 313 AD 3. What is the Incarnation? God becoming man and taking on flesh 4. Does the Bible states that Jesus was the creator of the world. Yes (John 1:3; Col. 1:16) 5. Did Jesus claim to have supernatural origins. Yes (John 16:28, 17:5) 6. Who Baptized Jesus? John the Baptist 7. Did Jesus allow people to worship him? Yes (Matt. 8:2, 14:33; Mark 5:6)

Etzel & Gutierrez: Introduction & Chs. 1-5

1. Why does the author
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1. Who is God's revelation available to? 2. Is general revelation enough to bring someone to salvation? Why? 3. What is the significance of the fact that the words of the Bible were inspired by God? 4. Inspiration and Inerrancy apply to which manuscripts? 5. What is the discipline that studies the principles and theories of how texts ought to be interpreted? 6. What are the three basic steps to understanding the Bible?

Online Excerpts:

"Preservation: Insuring the Authenticity of the Text" - Pg. 73-78

1. What is “Textual Criticism”? investigation of the text to determine textual credibiliaity, the study of the bible 2. What is “lower Criticism”? deals with the actual text, determining the original manuscript 3. What is “Higher Criticism”? deals with authorship, sources, dates and historical matters

"Inspiration: Guaranteeing the Word of Scripture" - Pg. 59-72

1. What are the four qualities of inspiration? Spirit, words, personalities, text 2. T/F Inspiration incorporates the personality of the writer into the final product. T 3. What does Conceptual inspiration state was inspired? 4. What does partial inspiration state? 5. What does limited inspiration state? 6. According to the text, what is “Bibliolatry”? Who was accused of it? Bibliolatry the worship or idolizing of the Bible. The Inerrenists 7. According to the text, about what percent of the New
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