Monday, November 28, 2022, 3:45 AM
Site: Thirdmill Online Courses
Course: Building Systematic Theology (eBST)
Glossary: Glossary for Lessons 1-3
A

Anthropology

In theology, it is the doctrine of man.
B

Bibliology

The study of the Bible
C

Compositional collation

Process of using several different arguments to defend a point of view.
D

Dualism

Belief that the spiritual world is good, but the material world is evil
E

Ecclesiology

The doctrine of the Church

Eschatology

The doctrine of the last things
F

Factual reduction

Process of focusing on only one point of a Bible passage that has the purpose of communicating other points as well
J

Justification

It sometimes means a person is declared righteous when he believes in Christ, as in Romans 3:28, and it sometimes means a person is shown to be righteous in his way of life, as in James 2:24.
M

Mysticism

Belief system that emphasizes the need to go beyond reason to receive revelation through spiritual ecstasy
N

Neo-Platonism

A philosophical school rooted in Plato, but including new ideas by philosophers such as Plotinus.
O

Orthodoxy

Correct thinking

Orthopathos

Correct feeling

Orthopraxis

Correct living
P

Patristic Theology

Theology during the period of 150-600 A.D.

Premise

In a syllogism, this is one of the first statements that lead to a conclusion. For example, in the following syllogism, "1. All men are mortal. 2. Socrates is a man. Conclusion: Socrates is mortal.", there are two: "All men are mortal" and "Socrates is a man."

Proposition

A meaningful sentence that declares something which can be evaluated either as true or as false.
R

Rationalism

Belief system that emphasizes the uses of reason and human reflection

Repetitive collation

The process of using a series of Bible passages with similar content to present an argument for a theological point of view
S

Sanctification

This term can refer to several different aspects of righteousness: a. first righteousness, or definitive righteousness for Christians, b. progressive ongoing holiness in Christians, and c. being set apart from the rest of the world, even though a person is not a Christian.

Scholasticism

School of theology during the medieval period, that put great emphasis on the use of Aristotelian logic

Soteriology

The doctrine of salvation

Syllogism

A logical argument in which two or more premises lead to a conclusion. For example, "1. All men are mortal. 2. Socrates is a man. Conclusion: Socrates is mortal." 

Syncretism

The practice of mixing religions or mixing philosophy with religion.

Systematic Theology

A systematic presentation of all the doctrinal truths of the Christian religion.
T

Theological Proposition

An indicative sentence that asserts as directly as possible at least one factual theological claim

Theology Proper

The doctrine of God