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HISTORY of Christian Theology

Introduction

We invite you to join us as we embark on a journey through history to retrace humanity’s search for meaning and discover where this pursuit has led us today. Perhaps during this expedition, we may each discover something new about ourselves and our fellow travelers on this quest. . . . more

 1 – The Human Quest for Meaning

We universally recognize that our capacity to reason is a distinguishing characteristic of the human race, yet we often fail to appreciate the magnitude and force of the human need for purpose. The innate human need for meaning and purpose in life is an even greater defining attribute of humanity than reason alone. In a very broad perspective, to be human is to be religious, whether one acknowledges it or not. . . . more

 2 – The Origin of Religion

Is Religion innate with the human species or is it a legacy of our primeval stupidity that we need to jettison? A review of the various theories regarding the origin of religion may help us answer this question. . . . more

 3 – Fear and Religion  

Fear often plays a role in human social interaction and in religious beliefs and practices. Among these fears are: . . . more

 4 – The Human Factor  (pending)

We enhance our study of Christian religious history by considering how the following six human influences have continually impacted religious thought and actions throughout history:
  • religious activity is part of the human experience
  • people often try to influence deity in an attempt to control their destiny
  • the pendulum effect – beliefs often gravitate to extremes
  • tension between human free will and God’s sovereignty
  • religion is often used to justify improper behavior
  • people generally project their own values and beliefs onto others, which often distorts historical perspectives due to shifting values over time and between cultures

 5 – What is True?

Throughout history Christians have used combinations and variations of the following seven approaches to evaluate the veracity of religious doctrines: . . . more

 6 – What is True? continued . . . more

 

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Period I – The Early and Medieval Church

 

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