Antinomianism

Dictionary.com antinomian noun a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel. Etymonline.com (antinomian) "one who maintains that, by the dispensation of grace, the moral law is not binding on Christians," 1640s, from Medieval Latin Antinomi, name given to a sect of this … Continue reading Antinomianism

Apostasy

What is apostasy? Dictionary.com a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc. Etymonline.com late 14c., "renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion," from Late Latin apostasia, from later Greek apostasia for earlier apostasis "revolt, defection," literally "a standing off," from apostanai "to stand away" (see apostate (n.)). General (non-religious) sense … Continue reading Apostasy

Systematic Theology

Dictionary.com Systematic adjective having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts. given to or using a system or method; methodical: a systematic person. arranged in or comprising an ordered system: systematic theology. concerned with classification: systematic botany. pertaining to, based on, or in accordance with a system … Continue reading Systematic Theology

Clergy

Dictionary.com noun, plural cler·gies. the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. Etymonline.com c. 1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two Old French words: 1. clergié"clerics, learned men," from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk(n.)); 2. clergie "learning, knowledge, erudition," from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning "persons ordained for religious work, persons consecrated to the duties of public ministration in the Christian church" is from c. … Continue reading Clergy

Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology is a discipline of exegetical theology, one of the 4 that are part of what is called the "Encyclopedia of Theology" - Exegetical, Historical, Systematic, and Practical Theologies (Hagenbach). Etymonline.com biblical 1734, "pertaining to the Bible," from Bible + -ical. Related: Biblically. Earlier adjective was Biblic (1680s). Related: Biblicality. Discussion/Explanation Biblical theology is considered by some to be the capstone … Continue reading Biblical Theology

Protestantism

In Christendom today, there are often considered to be three primary branches - Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism (debating aside whether or not this is an accurate representation of current-day Christianity). Let's first get started with the usual... Dictionary.com Protestantism noun the religion of Protestants. the Protestant churches collectively. adherence to Protestant principles. Protestant noun 1. any Western Christian who is not an adherent … Continue reading Protestantism

Polemics

Dictionary.com noun (used with a singular verb) 1. the art or practice of disputation or controversy: a master of polemics. 2. the branch of theology dealing with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical disputation and controversy. Etymonline.com 1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)). Discussion/Explanation From the … Continue reading Polemics

Poimenics

Dictionary.com pastoral theology - the branch of theology dealing with the responsibilities of members of the clergy to the people under their care. Etymonline.com - - this term isn't in their database - - pastoral: "of or pertaining to shepherds," early 15c., from Old French pastoral (13c.), from Latin pastoralis "of herdsmen, of shepherds," from pastor (see pastor (n.)). The noun sense of "poem … Continue reading Poimenics