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Influences on Theological Formulations

Lesson 13 Lecture 1

March 1, 2003 • Dr. Richard L. Pratt

1. What is the popular evangelical misconception of the relation between exegesis and theological formulations? How docs the necessity of selectivity and contextualization mitigate against this misconception?


2. Explain the three influences on theological formulation. Give an example of each.


3. How arc wc tempted to go to extremes in handling the three influences on theological formulations?


4. How may we exercise responsible choices in forming a theology?

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?