By Michael Wilcockson
This e-book is recommended by way of OCR to be used with the Christian Theology unit of the OCR AS spiritual experiences specification. it's also designed to problem scholars to move past the specification and will for this reason be used as an creation to theology for the final reader in addition to these getting ready to check theology at college. positive factors contain: - Key questions in the course of the chapters to aid scholars concentrate on key matters - keyword phrases outlined and defined in the course of the chapters - Profiles of key participants - their contribution and value - precis diagrams to help revision - Revision checklists on the finish of chapters - Exam-style questions and suggestions on the finish of every bankruptcy.
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In this ruin of mankind no one now experiences God either as Father or as Author of salvation, or favourable in any way, until Christ the Mediator comes forward to reconcile him to us. Nevertheless, it is one thing to feel that God as our Maker supports us by his power, governs us by his providence, nourishes us by his goodness, and attends us with all sorts of blessings – and another thing to embrace the grace of reconciliation offered to us in Christ. (John Calvin, Institutes, I. 1) This passage clearly states the second aspect of his duplex cognitio Domini (the two-fold knowledge of God) the distinctive Christian knowledge of God the Redeemer as mediated by Christ.
C) The creation as mirror of God Key question Does Calvin propose a design argument for God’s existence? Cross-reference See pages 53–54 for discussion of the design argument. Yet, in the first place, wherever you cast your eyes, there is no sport in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of his glory. You cannot in one glance survey this most vast and beautiful system of the universe, its wide expanse, without being completely overwhelmed by the boundless force of its brightness.
For a universe to be truly good then it must contain the greatest possible states of goodness. So, as there is a visible and invisible realm then it is greater if it is populated with invisible incorporeal beings (beings which have no material body). Angels are incorporeal beings, therefore they must exist and belief in them cannot be irrational. But there are other reasons why discussion of angels is important. In discussing angels Aquinas is also able to offer the following reflections: ● ● ● ● How humans share some characteristics with angels but in what significant ways they are different.
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