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1. Critique the following definition of theology: “theology is talk about god.” What are its strengthsand weaknesses? a. The strengths consist of that we are talking about God and how he relates to theology. The definition also sums up everything is a short phrase. b. However, it does have some weaknesses. One being that the definition is too general, and it is much more than talking about God. It is about our relationship with God and that the study of theology consists of ideas about religion. 2. What difficulties with the idea of theology as an academic discipline lie behind the growing interest in spirituality within the churches and seminaries? a. Spirituality is experiencing God and transformations of lives as outcomes of that experience and is referred to as experience of God and the life of prayer and action, but cannot be conceived from the theological beliefs. 3. Explain the role played by the following in the development of theology: Peter Lombard’s sentences, John Calvin’s institues, F.D.E schleiermaccher’s Christian faith.a. Peter Lombard’s sentences consist of, 1) the Trinity, 2) creation and sin, 3) incarnation and Chrstian life, and 4) sacraments and the last things. These sentences became a standard practice for medieval theologians. b. John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is the most influential work of Protestanttheology. It includes the doctrine of God, Christ as mediator between God and humanity, appropriation of redemption, and the life of the church.c. F.D.E Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith, says that theology consists of the analysis of human experience. 4. Do you have to be a Christian to be a Christian theologian? No because Christian theology is universal. It is characterized by its experience of God’s saving work cultures, and is shaped by insights of persons who were themselves seeking to live the gospel. 5. Is the notion of “hersey” now an outdated irrelevance for Christian theology? No, “heresy” is still important to theology it just needs to be examined closer. 6. How do you assess Augustine of Hippo’s understanding of the relationship between Christianity and culture? Objects in culture that are good, true, or beautiful to those who believe in that culture can use it in gospel. Being able to do this would prove the western church is


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