REL 212: Study Guide 5

 

Leith, Doctrine, ch. 8–9

 

What is the relationship between the "facts of history" and the "truts of faith" with regard to Christology (126)?

 

What kinds of christological emphases do you see in the Nicene Creed (cf. Apostles' Creed)? What do you think of them?

 

NB: the Definition of Chalcedon.

 

What is the meaning of the incarnation?

 

What are the various ways theology has articulated the meaning of Christ (i.e., work of Christ)? Which christological understanding do you prefer? If any of them do not make sense, why not?


 

Leith, Introduction, ch. 4

 

What is meant by Schillebeeckx's claim that "faith is incipient theology?"

 

What is the difference between a problem and a mystery? Is the distinction helpful? Why or why not?

 

What do you think about the claim that revelation must be self-authenticating (91–92).

 

Why can't Christian theology be an individual enterprise; why must it be communal?

 

Know the characteristics of Reformed theology listed by Leith.

 

What about the theocentric focus of RT? At the price of even Christology (see bottom of 97)? What about Jesusology, esp. with regard to songs, etc.?

 

For whom & what purpose did Calvin write his Institutes?

 

What do you think of Leith's thoughts on predestination, esp. with reference to Calvin's own struggles? See esp. 106, last paragraph.

 

What, according to Calvin, is the truest test of a person's faith? What do you think about this claim?

 

What do you think about the confessional character of RT? Relate this with other characteristics of RT.