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Literally, "no knowledge" and taken from two Greek terms, a (no) and gnosis (knowledge). In a more formal sense, it refers to a system of belief in which personal opinion about religious statements (e.g., "God exists") is suspended because it is assumed that they can be neither proven nor disproven or because such statements are seen as irrelevant.
A system of belief that asserts categorically that there is no God. Atheism usually affirms as well that the only form of existence is the material universe and that the universe is merely the product of chance or fate.
Refers to God's act of dealing with the primary human problem, sin. Both OT and NT affirm that sin has broken the relationship between God and humankind. According to Christian theology, God accomplished the way of restoration through Christ's death. Although Scripture does not clearly spell out how this takes place, there are theories such as moral, ransom, satisfaction, and penal substitution.
Christian theology views this as a result of God's spoken word. Affirms that God is not to be equated with the universe, nor does God become inseparebly bound to it. Instead God remains completely distinct while also being intimately involved.
Doctrine of God
The area of systematic theology that focuses on the study of God's being.
Dual Natures Doctrine
This doctrine articulates the paradox that Jesus Christ is both fully hman and fully divine.
Literally, "out of nothing". This doctrine holds that God created teh world out of nothing rather than out of some kind of pre-existent chaos or formless matter.
The belief that sin is canceled out by being covered over. Christ's death covers our sins.
The trinitarian heresy that does not view Father, Son, and Spirit as three paritcular persons of relation but merely as three modes or manifestations of the one divine person of God.
Reflecting the teaching that the Son is of one substance with the Father.
Argument fo the existence of God. The idea of God itself is the reality of God.
Literally, right prize or right belief.
Belief that God's being includes and permeates the entire universe so that everything exists in God.
Greek for "everything is God", the belief that God and the universe are essentialy identical.
The theological concept affirming that the divine essence is shared by each of the three persons of the trinity in a manner that avoides blurring the distinctions among them.
The advocacy and embrace of a social system that promotes the autonomy and ongoing development of diverse religious, ethnic, racial and social gropus iwthin the system. In theology, this suggests there are many paths to and expressions of truth about God and salvation.
The division of Christian doctrine dealing with the Holy Spirit. The person and work of the Spirit, especially the Spirit's involvement in human salvation.
The central, defining doctrine and claim of the Christian faith, of bringing back Jesus from the dead.
"The study of salvation"
Argument for the existence of God suggests the world is the work of a "Master Architect" rather than a result of chance.
A religious belief system about God or ultimate reality.
The area of systematic theology that focuses on the human person, in other words, in the light of who God is, who and what is humanity.
A distorted belief in three different Gods, rather than one God in three persons.
The area of theological study concerned with understanding the nature and function of the church.
Refers to manifestations of the three persons of the God in relationship to the world, particularly in regard to the outworking of God's plan of salvation. Refers to how God as tripersonal being relates to the world, which in tur provides the biblical context for understanding
Inquiry into the nature, sources, limits and methods of gaining knowledge, rationalism and empiricism.
Derived from greek term meaning "last". Refers to climax or end of history, where Christ returns to earth to establish eternal kingdom. Ultimate purpose or direction of history.
Religious movement believing in gaining a special kind of spiritual enlightenment, through which they had attained a secret or higher level of knowledge not accessible to the uninitiated.
Any teaching rejected by the Christian community as contrary to Scripture and hence to orthodox doctrine.
Other or different belief.
Three persons of the trinity.
Refers to the three persons of the Trinity.
Term describing the uniqeuness of humans as God's creatures. Presence of will, emotions, reason, and ability.
The idea that God is present in, close to and involved with creation.
Explains the internal workings and relationship among the three persons.
The theological assertion that in Jesus the eternal Word of God appeared in human form.
A forensic (legal) term related to the idea of acquittal. The divine act of making humans holy and righteous.
A formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work. Refers to the methodical questions generally found in the opening section of a system.
An offering that turns away the wrath of God directed against sin.
A change in relationship or attitude from enmity to peace; cessation to hostility in attitude or action.
The process by which sinful humans are bought back from the bondage of sin into relationship with God through grace by the payment of Jesus death. It is a metaphor into God's grace.
"To be set apart", "to be made whole".
Branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature of being.
The attribute of God that refers to being wholly and distinctly separate from creation. God is above the world and comes to creation from beyond.