A Layman's THEOLOGY


by James L. Clark

Theology: the study of religious faith, practice and experience, especially the study of God and of God's relation to the world (Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition).

In the case of Christianity, its tenets based on its adherents' interpretation of the Holy Bible, the weakening of denominationalism (unquestioning loyalty to a group of believers based on creed and/or collective church organization) has resulted in the necessity for individual adherents to establish their own belief-systems, their physical disconnect from the structure of denomination gradually resulting in a disconnect doctrinally or theologically. Indeed, it is increasingly evident, as polls indicate, that many believers not willing to blindly accept traditional teachings are anxious to structure their own belief-systems based on their own contemplation and reading of the scriptures, as well as relevant materials prepared by others. This does not mean that church members have deserted their churches, though the giving of material resources (a fair indicator) has declined percentage-wise in recent years in many, if not most, major denominations. It simply means that many members, while approving of overall church/denomination ministries, are not comfortable with many activities and teachings they find too incomprehensible or too illogical to simply accept blindly. This is not to imply that they discount the mystery relative to God and the workings of God or to imply that they hope to have complete understanding of all things in the same comprehensive sense as that of God; rather, the implication is that they simply desire to have a greater role in determining their core beliefs. This also is not to imply that there is no need for clergy to be as well educated as possible or that church members should not pay attention to theologians, local pastors and other church leaders.

This small book is put forward not as a creed or system of beliefs but hopefully as a catalyst in the interest of challenging readers to take a long, hard look at their beliefs, make a determination regarding the acceptability of those beliefs, and react appropriately. The author has done this with respect to the subjects listed below and has found that many of his beliefs, with the exception of the core beliefs relative to the birth, ministry, death, resurrection and redemptive work of Christ, could not hold water logically...or even biblically/spiritually.

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Abstract of Principles
God's Omniscience
God's Omnipresence
God's Omnipotence
Prayer
Sanctity of Life
Judas
Genesis III:XV
Predestination
Baptism of Jesus
Evolution (God and/or man)
Hell
Reconciliation
The Church and Woman
Church and State
Church and Culture
Definitions

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ISBN: 978-1-4357-1212-6