Explain how Christians make moral decisions. (25 marks) Christians have different ways of making moral decisions. Some rely on pure Biblical teaching, others on the Churches leadership, and others on their own conscience and others on Thomas Aquinas’ Natural Law. People of the Catholic Church believe Jesus gave His authority to Peter, and it has been passed down ever since, currently lying with Pope Benedict. The Catholic Church has a magisterium - its teachings have a God-given authority that is equal to the authority of scripture.
Liberty Theological Seminary A book critique Of McGrath’s Book Christianity’s Dangerous Ideas Submitted to Dr. David Alexander In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course Church History I CHHI 520 Masters of Divinity Candidate September 2012 With Christianity’s Dangerous Idea—The Protestant Revolution: A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First, author Alister McGrath provides a fairly comprehensive chronicle of Protestantism from its earliest roots to present day conceptions. McGrath is a prominent theologian and priest in the United Kingdom and the author of several books, many of which detail some aspect of Protestantism. In this
But in a Christian nation, as our Founders would have defined it, the principles and institutional foundations are Biblically based and the people in general share a Biblical world-view. Before America was America Christopher Columbus' commission was given to set out and find a new world. Though this order was given from King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain according to Columbus’ personal log, his purpose in seeking undiscovered worlds was to “bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens. …. It was the Lord who put into my mind … that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies … I am the most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely … No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” Columbus, being a Catholic, was Protestant and felt obligated to bring God to the world.
While few Methodists pastors believe in inerrancy, conservatives view scripture as the unique revelation of God. The Bible contains all we need to know to be saved and to live the Christian life. Conservatives believe that the four gospels are the heart of scripture and accurately portray the life of Christ. Christian Ethics- Because of their skepticism of human nature and reason, conservatives believe we must be guided by the principles found in the Old and New Covenants. Christian love must be guided by the moral teachings of scripture and the church.
ROMANS AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW Presented to Dr. Jerry F. Knobet BIBL 425- Romans By Vicki Hood 22006617 June 30, 2013 ROMANS AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome has been unsurpassed among the New Testament writings for its theological and pastoral influence. Romans’ focus is on the doctrine of salvation, including the practical implications for believers as they live out the salvation given to them through Jesus Christ. This essay will focus on the principles taught in Romans necessary in the formation of a Christian worldview. In Genesis 1:26-3 God says his creation is not only “good,” but is “very good.” Romans, however, portrays human nature as inevitably and thoroughly sinful. The human race is a slave to sin and under the power of it.
Contextualization of Christian Worldview: Christ and Culture: Niebuhr vs. Yoder Introduction The next two modules address key issues in attempting to be in yet not of the world in the exercise of Christian discipleship in secular societies and cultures. The context of the discussion revolves around H. Richard Niebuhr&apos;s articulation of and responses to the challenges of balancing Christ and Culture. What Niebuhr called the "enduring problem" is perhaps more pronounced than ever before in these days of great diversity and increased interactions and conflicts of postmodern global cultures. The problem is involved in relations between loyalties to Christ and culture, church and state, faith and reason...[and] how the assumptions, values, perceptions, and understandings of society penetrate us and influence our understanding of who Christ is, what it means to follow him, and what the mission of the church is. (Stassen, Yeager, & Yoder, 1996, p. 10) Module 4 consists of a clear presentation of the teleological ethical perspective of Niebuhr, as well as his classical typology (and examples from church history) of distinct responses to the enduring problem of how Christians can or should live in a fallen world.
A 4-MAT Review: Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity Bruce E. Johnson Liberty University Summary David Entwistle (2010) in his book Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity, examines the struggle between psychology and Christianity. Entwistle accomplishes this by looking at the historical tension between the two areas, examining each of the schools of thought in relation to human development, and promoting the belief that the two schools may be viewed as complementary and not as polar opposites. This belief system appears to be based on the beliefs of Harry Blamires who discusses the difference in secular thinking and Christian thinking. Entwistle states “Blamires helps us to see that we can learn from ‘secular’ sources while framing our thinking with a Christian worldview and applying knowledge with Christian concern” (Entwistle, 2010). It is from this point that Entwistle begins his discussion into the topic of integration with these two distinct fields that appear to be worlds apart.
3. Note that Lewis says that „Theology is practical‟. In what ways does Lewis see the theology of the Trinity as practical for the Christian life? That is, what difference would it really make (for Christians or for anyone else) if Jesus was fully God, or not? I think that it would change the perspective in the case that god sent is son on earth to do the things for us the people and if it was god who was doing this instead of his son, it would definitely change the way Christians think about who god is and what he was really about like Lewis talks about the man and a statue just because god sent his son to teach us different things that does not mean they are the same, but if it were god the whole time Christians would not know what to think about Christianity and the teachings from Jesus I think it would change their whole perspective on
“[The church] should be purified of their unregenerate members…heretical clergymen…bishops and archbishops, but they were nevertheless churches and must be embraced as churches” (Morgan 31). These non-separating Puritans made it their goal to create a superlative Christian community in the New World. In doing so they hoped to serve as an example to encourage reform within the Church of England. Morgan, author of The Puritan Dilemma, describes the non-separating Puritans overall view of the Church of England to be more positive than negative. “[The church] had bought the means of salvation to many of their members and might still do so” (Morgan 31).
America has taken great pride in all these achievements and it also has taken great pride in its Protestant Ethics that according to Webber were a “Calling” from the All Mighty. Sadly those Protestant ethics or any ethics whatsoever are now dead. We do not have to look too far to figure out that Max Webber’s idea of protestant ethics rarely serves as a guide in today’s corporate world. We can see that today’s corporations are guided by greed certainly not by ethics. The U.S. free market system that was produced by capitalism has become a platform for atrocious behaviors.