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Private Judgment in the Reformed Tradition

Lesson 18 Lecture 1

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. Compare and contrast Medieval Roman Catholic, radical Anabaptist, and Reformed views on private judgment in relation to ecclesiastical tradition.


2. Describe some of the historical influences on emphasizing private judgment in the American church. How have these influences led to extremes?


3. Why do we need to choose a community? How does Pratt suggest you choose a community? What docs it mean to exercise "discriminating submission" with a community?

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?