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understanding all the relevant passages in the Bible on various topics and then summarizing their teachings clearly so that we know what to believe about each topic. (
, Wayne Grudem)
What the whole Bible teaches about some particular topic. (
, Wayne Grudem)
one that has a signicant impact on our thinking about other doctrinesor that has a signicant impact on how we live the Christian lie (examples: authority o theBible, deity o Christ, justication by aith).
one that has very little impact on how we think about other doctrinesand very little impact on how we live the Christian lie (examples: diering views o theuture, orms o church government, orms o communion and baptism).
a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true (example: thedoctrine o the Trinity).
historical development o theology throughout Scripture.
study o Christian doctrines as they have been considered at dierentpoints in church history.
a study o theological topics largely without the use o theBible. Instead, philosophical tools, resources, and methods are used to organize theologicalthought (example: Paul Tillich’s
a 20th-century development o theological thought predicated onthe idea that the Bible should be considered as narrative more than a system o theologicaltruth.
a study o theology as set orth in the creeds, dogmas, andpronouncements o the church.
a deense o the Christian aith or the purpose o instructing believers orconvincing unbelievers.
the application o God’s Word to real lie situations, problems, and questions.