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ASK THE THEOLOGIAN

Introduction


Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves.



Just what is a Theologian? For me, I always thought a Theologian was one super-close to God and understood all His ways. And I always thought that, because what the Theologian said was God Himself speaking, that all Theologians were (and are) saying the same thing. Perhaps you hold a similar view.

In order to understand the Theologian and what he teaches a little better, as well as just who he is, I thought it might be advantageous to have a radio forum established whereby the folks in Radioland might ask their questions directly to a Theologian himself.

Ask Your Theologian presents a format whereby various Theologians from the different denominations might sit in the hotseat so-to-speak and provide us, the laity of the church, a better understanding of their vast education and resources. I myself have many questions I would like to ask, perhaps you do as well.



Definition of Theology from Wikipedia

Augustine of Hippo defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as "reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity."

Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (philosophical, ethnographic, historical, spiritual and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any of myriad religious topics. Theology might be undertaken to help the theologian

  • •understand more truly his or her own religious tradition,
  • •understand more truly another religious tradition.
  • •make comparisons between religious traditions,
  • •defend or justify a religious tradition,
  • •facilitate reform of a particular tradition,
  • •assist in the propagation of a religious tradition, or
  • •draw on the resources of a tradition to address some present situation or need. explore the nature of divinity without reference to tradition.
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From the Gospels

1Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; (Mat 23:)


From: The Daily Bible Studies website

After the return from the Babylonian Captivity, the scribes concentrated their activities on the law, becoming "experts of the law," or "lawyers." (Ezra 7:6,10-12; Nehemiah 8:1,4,9,13).



By the time of the New Testament, the scribes became closely associated with the Pharisees, who added greatly to the writings of the original God-given Law with their own opinions and traditions. It was their view of the Law that brought them into dispute with Jesus Christ:


The name Pharisee in its Hebrew form means separatists, or the separated ones. They were also known as chasidim, which means loyal to God, or loved of God


The Pharisees perhaps meant to obey God, but eventually they became so devoted and extremist in very limited parts of The Law (plus all that they themselves added to it).


(Title verse from Hebrews 13:17-18.)


 

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