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Present Community in Action

Lesson 17 Lecture 1

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. How does Presbyterian polity safeguard against too little and too much power for the present community?


2. Explain how abortion and divorce have raised new issues for Presbyterians. Use the examples of OPC and PCA decisions.


3. Explain how the Chicago St􀀁tement on Biblical inerrancy and Hermeneutics display a broad present community at work.

What is Theological Studies?

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. What is the difference between theology-as-study and theology-as-stance? How do they interrelate? 2. Describe the unity and diversity within Christian theology. How can an individual theologian func􀁗on in such a diverse field? 3. What particular foci move to the foreground when theology is studied with a pastoral emphasis? Why?

What is the Reformed Tradition?

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. Briefly trace the history of the Refonncd tradition in Geneva, the British Isles, and America. 2. What arc the distinctives of the Reformed tradition in its view of Scripture, Theology Proper, and Soteriology? 3. How has Calvinism understood the expansion of Christ's Kingdom as fulfilled in the gospel and cultural mandates?

Theological Method

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. Discuss the differences and interaction between the content of a theology and theological method. 2. List John Frame's "tools" for theology. 3. What are the two (three) sources of revelation? How do these correspond to the three theological .resources available to us? 4. What three questions arc· of particular concern in biblical studies, practical studies, and theological studies?