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What is the Reformed Protestant view of Progressive Christianity?

My question has been inspired by this question: Can a Christian be a Conservative? It led me to investigate ‘Progressive Christianity’ which is a "post-liberal movement" within Christianity ...
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Which sententiae are de Fide but are not defined by a Pope or an Ecumenical Council

De Fide is the highest Theological Note used by the Catholic theologians prior to the mid-20th Century. Of the sentences proposed for belief, there is that which comes directly from God (de Fide ...
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In the study of systematic theology what is the motivation behind creating the term "Covenant of Grace"?

Sometimes I'm not clear why a systematic theologian doesn't simply adopt the Biblical term "New Covenant" but using terms like "Covenant of Grace". What is the reasoning behind it?...
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According to Catholicism, why are all sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments grave matter ex toto genere suo?

In my prayer book from 1930, it says, in an examination of conscience, under the 6th and 9th Commandment (emphasis mine): It is sufficient to remind penitents that each and every act, if deliberate, ...
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Divine Energies and Concursus Dei

Although these two concepts developed for much different reasons and to address different issues, I’ve been wondering if there is any common ground between them and if to a certain extent they could ...
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Why do theologians and philosophers suppose a connection between God's Infiniteness or Finiteness and Omnipresence, and Problem of Evil?

Why do theologians and philosophers suppose a connection between God's Infiniteness or Finiteness and Omnipresence, and Problem of Evil? Proponents of God's Finiteness (like William James), suppose ...
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Does Anne Wilson Schaef's statement about the sacredness of work fit into a Biblical worldview?

I saw this quote today and it made me think: Work is sacred. It is not just a way to earn money or gain power, though it may result in both. Work is a vehicle for testing out our gifts and talents ...
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Is Artificial Intelligence being applied to Christian Doctrine and to Scriptural Interpretation?

I recently read an insightful essay written three years ago by Henry Kissinger (now 98 years old) called How the Enlightenment Ends which is a warning regarding, among other things, the usage of ...
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How much authority does Pseudo-Dionysus still have in today's Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Ancient and medieval Church identified the sixth century Syrian Christian Neoplatonist author Dionysius the Areopagite, and not until modern times the truth has been revealed. However, Pseudo-Dionysus ...
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What's the proof for the existence of Angels as well as angelic hierarchy?

It's said that most influential medieval work on angelic order was written by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. How much authority do his works still hold and what's the metaphysical foundation and ...
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Is Panentheism a heresy?

I’ve been exploring Panentheism (not to be confused with Pantheism) and certain elements speak to my own experience of God. I also understand that this theology is embraced by some contemporary ...
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Why is Jesus sitting at "God’s right hand" not "the Father's right hand"?

I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the doctrine is true! This question is also ...
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How is the doctrine of the Trinity substantiated?

I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of Trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the doctrine is true! It is about how those,...
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What does it mean that Jesus, Father, and Holy Spirit are of the same nature but different personas?

To be clear right from the start: I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the ...
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What are the sources of LDS theology that an LDS theologian need to consult to write a systematic theology?

I came across an essay published in BYU Studies journal 54.1 (2015) "Toward a Mormon Systematic Theology - Essay on Wrestling the Angel by Terryl L. Givens". I was surprisingly pleased by ...
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What method can we consistently use to identify the literal verses from the non literal? [closed]

Is there any consistent method by which theologians can disambiguate literal bible verses from non literal verses? Taking a plain reading of the following verses it appears that yahweh is plainly ...
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What is the Greek word for a non-essential Christian doctrine?

What is the Greek word that starts with a that means nonessential points of faith? It is contrasted with essential dogma, and refers to areas of disagreement which are not critical for Christian faith....
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Looking for a website providing HTML formatted works of Joseph Pohle's 12 volume Dogmatic Theology

There are plenty of websites presenting multi-volume works of St. Thomas Aquinas in HTML formatted chunks such as New Advent's Summa Theologiae. I'm looking for a website containing similarly HTML ...
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work [closed]

In the Bible there are passages hinting at optional extra rewards that God promises to believers who perform meritorious works on earth. I'm referring to different degrees of rewards that God gives ...
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Tackling Catholic philosophy and theology

I'd like to read and understand Catholic theology, philosophy and Tradition as best as I can. I'm a biologist and not a philosopher/theologian -- and as such, I cannot (and thus far have not) ...
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Power, Authority and Sovereignty in the Character of God

It is held that God is All Powerful and has Supreme Authority over His creation and is Sovereign. I have long pondered on the relation of these three aspects of His Nature, and wonder: are any of ...
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The name and origin of the doctrine of justification by restructuring the narrative [duplicate]

See the example of the candlesticks from Les Mis. See also Gen 20:60 ...you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good. Can someone tell me the name and origin of this theological concept? ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God "cannot" act against his nature?

I understand the traditional theology of omnipotence to be that God can do anything He wills, and that his omnipotence is thereby limited to His nature. In other words, saying that God can do ...
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What was the organizing principle of Melanchthon's Loci Communes?

Herman Bavinck, in his Reformed Dogmatics (BakerAcademic, Vol I, Chapter 1, pp 26 - 27), claims that while Melanchthon when writing his "Common Places" drew material from the book of Romans, his ...
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Is there an established concensus meaning of Vicarious Atonement?

The term "Vicarious Atonement" is often used to refer to, or to something described as similar to, Penal Substitution or other understandings of Substitutionary atonement: The phrase 'vicarious ...
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Are there any modern Nestorian or Jacobite systematic theology textbooks?

There exist many modern (say, 20th century or later), English language systematic theology textbooks from a Western Christian perspective. For example, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott ...
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What does TULIP stand for?

I came across this acronym when reading about Calvinism. What does it stand for in reference to theology in general?
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What is biblical theology? [duplicate]

My understanding of biblical theology is that it is a theological understanding that is presented by a book of the Bible. Does it automatically become systematic theology when you pull from another ...
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What is the difference between Systematics and Dogmatics?

In what ways does systematic theology differ from dogmatic theology? From my understanding they seem to be almost identical in that they're dependent upon the particular denominations, traditions, ...
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Is there a systematic theology resource based solely on the words of Jesus?

Numerous Bibles have a "The Words of Christ in Red Letter" feature. Understandably, there is some debate concerning which verses and words should be in red (but this question is not about that.) This ...
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What are the classics/giants in Systematic Theology? [closed]

Two of the popular ways of analyzing the Bible are: Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology. Based on Biblical Theology vs Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology focuses more on verses; whereas ...
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What is synthetic theology?

In a comment conversation on another question I suspect (at the chastisement of my interlocutor) I may have misused the term "synthetic theology" (or, perhaps, theological synthesis?). I think I had ...
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What is the difference between 'Biblical' and 'Systematic' theology?

Particularly among Protestant traditions, it is common to classify books and classes that cover broad looks at theological issues as either 'Biblical' or 'Systematic'. Sometimes this is even extended ...
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