Calvin was influenced by humanists. The preaching idea of Calvin is that the preaching becomes revelation when if God agrees to add to it the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does not speak anything that has not already been said in the scripture. Preaching can be called as the Word of God only by the preaching expounds and interpret the Bible. He sensed very low level for human activity in preaching.
The motivation for the Anabaptists was the search for purely scriptural Christianity. They took an approach similar to that of Zwingli but went much further, attempting to establish all doctrine and practice from Scripture alone. They decided to discard everything not found in the Bible. The Anabaptists desired the restoration of New Testament Christianity not only in theology but
The Age of reason The Protestant Reformation may be described as a time of “reclamation.” Reformers set out to bring doctrine and practice into closer alignment with the New Testament. Following the Reformation, a period of rationalism set in. Human reason became the final court of appeal. What started as a response to a cry for reclamation of revealed scripture now heard voices that denied the existence of revelation. Although this Age of Reason is bracketed from 1648 to 1789, its effect has continued to the present day.
Platonism played an influential role in the Saint Augustine’s understanding of and conversion to Christianity. By bringing concepts from Platonism into Christianity, Augustine not only helped shape his conception of Christianity, but through doing so he also contributed important ideas to theology and philosophy—more specifically, epistemology and metaphysics. In this essay, I will demonstrate how Augustine brought Platonism into Christianity and argue he was mostly successful in combining the two. Before displaying how Augustine applied Platonism to Christianity, I will briefly explain Platonism and some of its main claims. Next, I will focus on the three main ways Augustine applies the metaphysics and epistemology of Platonism to Christianity,
Moreover, they argue that sanctification changes people’s nature, and it changes the direction to live for God. The reformed theologians suggest three ways of sanctification: through the union with Christ, by means of the truth, and by faith. The reformed perspective on the pattern of sanctification is likeness to God (Christ-likeness), because people once had the image of God, before the Fall. The word “renewing” is important for reformed theologians, because their perspective on sanctification is to be renewed. Reformed theologians learned, from Romans 8:29, that Christ-likeness is the purpose of choosing people; and it is not merely one of the suggestions to be Christ likeness people, but it is command to become like one.
This means that Scripture gives us everything that we need in order to be obedient to God. It teaches us truths about God, salvation, and everything of eternal significance. DeYoung claims that one reason this doctrine is so important is because Jesus is often identified as the Logos or Word (John 1). God speaks though Jesus because he is “God’s full and final revelation of himself (50).” This is a truth that is deeply woven into Scripture and shows us the importance of Scripture in pointing man to God. The doctrine of sufficiency also means that no one should take away or add to scripture.
It must be noted here that a cross isn’t a crucifix unless it is marked with a representation of Jesus. A crucifix could be found in Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, whereas empty crosses are found mostly in Methodist, Anglican, and Baptist churches. Also, a lot of Christian symbols could be identified with Pagan symbols. Symbolism in Religious Architecture Christian church have been using symbols since the earliest ages for various reasons, such as: • Symbols have been used among the faithful as a secret sign during times of persecution. • They are used as a way of teaching those who are unable to read bible.
Therefore, the proposal of contextual theology aroused great repercussions and it has been widely accepted. If the first paradigm shift which was brought by the Enlightenment movement happened naturally as its historical development within its time frame, then this second paradigm shift was a shift of space. It was not only the theological adaptation and response to the impact of the evolution of civilization in the same space but at the same time, it also involved the different roles played by the various cultures in the Christian theology. Meanwhile, it represented the struggles of the Christians in the Third World for their
N.T. Wright’s book How God Became King discusses the key themes of the New Testament gospels and why he thinks they have been commonly misinterpreted by the church. Wright’s thesis is essentially that the creeds, which the early church developed as tangible statements of faith, oversimplify the content and the purpose of the gospels. The reality is that, by oversimplifying the gospels or by leaving out certain parts, it decreases the apparent value of the gospels. Wright’s point is that everything in the Old Testament is leading up to the ultimate climax of the New Testament, but without a proper understanding of its purpose, it has become increasingly easy to miss the point.