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Nature of Practical Theology (Part 1)

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Lesson

For the first 5 centuries after Christ, the theology of the Christian Church was ecumenical. Since then, you have differences in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theology, and then the Reformation with different Protestant traditions. The Church has a history of promoting and preserving knowledge in all fields of study. Ideological secularization is characterizing theological ideas as irrelevant and not academic. Structural secularization is the process of marginalizing the subject of theology in the academy. Both revelation and reason are both important elements in the discussion of philosophical and theological subjects. God is transcendant, which means that he is distinct from everything that has been made. God is immanent, which means that the Spirit of God can be communicated in time and space through media, but is not the media itself. 

Outline

I. INTRODUCTION

II. OVERVIEW OF THEOLOGICAL TRADITIONS

III. THE HERITAGE OF THE CHURCH IN PROMOTING KNOWLEDGE

A. Rise of the Universities in the 11th century

B. Secularization of the Academy

IV. THEOLOGY FROM A WESLEYAN PERSPECTIVE

V. Definition of Theology

VI. God is Immanent and Transcendent

VII. Theology and Philosophy

A. Four major divisions of philosophy

B. Systematic Theology vs Dogmatic Theology

VIII. Questions and Answers