REL 212: Study Guide 7

 

Leith, Doctrine, chs. 12

 

What are the various ways to understand "faith" (e.g., the "double meaning" of faith [173])?

 

How is faith knowledge?

 

What does it mean to say that faith is not a "work"? How can it be viewed as a work?

 

Leith, Doctrine, ch. 13

 

What does it mean that there is "no gospel for the righteous" (181)?

 

How are justification by faith & predestination attempts "to say the same thing & to describe the same Christian experience" (184)?


 

Leith, Introduction, ch. 6

 

What are the general principles of Reformed worship? Can you connect these with particular Reformed perspectives regarding theological doctrines?

 

What do you think of Barth's position on music in worship?

 

Consider Calvin's liturgy of 1545 (182). Analyze its parts and compare it to other orders of worship (bulletins) you're familiar with (NB: the bulletin comparison project).
 

Leith, Introduction, ch. 7

 

Why and in what way did the Reformed tradition oppose the use of images so much?

 

Can you see the influences of Calvin's preference of a government by aristocracy and democracy on European and American history?

 

Do you see a connection between Calvin's insistence on the freedom of the church (from the state) and the American principle of the "separation between church and state" (what does that mean)?