Post Reply Reformed Theology and the Traditionalism of Christianity
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Posted 11/22/08


I'm currently reading this book by R. Scott Clark, and I got to say that it is a great read. Many Christians today have a tendency to obscure the true meaning of what it means to be "confessional." More often than not they confuse it with Roman Catholic Dogma or tradition. The fact is tradition is not a bad thing. Every church has a tradition (or something theologians like to call "liturgy").

Real briefly, There are three verses in the New Testament that allow for the use of the term "tradition," and it isn't used in a negative sense: 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thes. 2:15-15; Matt. 15:2-6 (Jesus uses the term 'tradition' in the negative sense to denote the false religious sentiment of the pharisees over against the Law of God).
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It appears that there isn't a great following in this thread. No worries. At the most I can at least inform you all that have no knowledge of this school of Christianity; and I would further argue that it is the apostolic and foundational religion that the apostles Peter and Paul established in the first century, anno domini (AD or "year of our Lord"). How many of you have never heard of "Reformed thought?"
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I don't think I have heard about Reformed thought, can you inform me on it?
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Sure. It is broad in its loci (or subjects). One of the main tenets are mainly Predestination, Election, the Law, Ecclesiology, etc. There are ranges in Reformed thought, but if anything is central that summarizes all of Reformed thought, it is the theology of Covenant Theology.

Here are some links to covenant theology:
http://www.frame-poythress.org/frame_articles/1999Covenant.htm
http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/articles/covenant_illustrated.html
http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/Covenant%20Theology%20&%20Justification/ligon_ctheology.htm

I culled only a handful, mainly because this is new to you. By the way, the doctrine that characterized the reformation and protestant theology FYI.
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Posted 12/2/08 , edited 12/2/08
J, keep in mind your audience bro. most if not all are not going to understand, so keep that in mind. Your a brilliant teacher, but you might need to dumb it down. I might add, so far I am not lost yet. lol

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LOL...yea I don't think a lot of peeps here dive much into theology...yet.

I'm actually not familiar with a lot of the different Christian theologies. I do know things about predestination, election, and other stuff, but majority of the things I learn are from my pastor or brother. Hey maybe you should start up a thread giving a guide to the different views and stuff. That might get a lot of us interested in what you have here; it definitely doesn't hurt to learn all this
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Will do. I'm going to start on something very simple and well accepted, i.e., the doctrine of God. I start with that because most of all the theologies in church history began with it, the Reformed confessions and catechisms started with it, and because you asked
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Not many people know of this somewhat lost art of theology (not that it is lost, but that many people, especially Christians, neglect to study). However, with all things considered, I'm going to at the most outline the main loci (or "topics") of theology with a Reformed frame of reference.

The first of what is known under "dogmatics" has always been concerned with Theology Proper, namely, the theology of God. Main questions concerning this topic are: who is God? What is God? Why should I learn of God? Can I know Him apart from the natural order of the cosmos?

With these questions burning in our minds, we will consider the Council of Nicea (4th c.). The council concluded:

"I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
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This is known as the Nicean Creed--the term creed comes from the Latin credo or "I believe," the opening line of this creed.
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A Hymn concerning our subject: Oh God, We Praise Thee and Confess

O God, we praise thee; and confess
That thou the only Lord
And Everlasting Father art,
By all the earth adored.

To thee all angels cry aloud;
To thee the pow'rs on high,
Both cherubim and seraphim,
Continually do cry:

O holy, holy, holy Lord,
Whom heavenly hosts obey,
The world is with the glory filled
Of thy majestic ray.

The apostles' glorious company,
And prophets crowned with light,
With all the martyrs' noble host,
Thy constant praise recite.

The holy church throughout the world,
O Lord, confesses thee,
That thou eternal Father art,
Of boundless majesty;

Thine honored, true, and only Son;
And Holy Ghost, the Spring
Of never-ceasing joy: O Christ,
Of glory thou art King.
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Posted 12/17/08
Thanks for posting those links earlier regarding covenant theology, jmartinez. I've actually been reading up on theology for a church plant that me and a couple of my friends are working on and, even though I haven't finished reading them yet, they've been a real help in my studies.
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darklion wrote:

Thanks for posting those links earlier regarding covenant theology, jmartinez. I've actually been reading up on theology for a church plant that me and a couple of my friends are working on and, even though I haven't finished reading them yet, they've been a real help in my studies.


No problem. I'm actually doing this short stint, I guess you can call it, on systematic theology. I'm mainly concerned with a basic contour of the faith, so that it will not confuse most of the people here. I contemplated a circumspect philosophical theology, but like I said, it is merely a contour of theology as a whole. I pray God blesses you continually in the study of theology and sound doctrine of the historic Christian faith.
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