STUDY GUIDE FOR READING ASSIGNMENT 5
Read Cornelius Walker, Outlines of Christian Theology
Use the following review questions to discern the important teachings:
a. According to Walker, what is the difference between theology and religion?
a. Where do we obtain theological truth, according to Walker?
b. What is the best method of interpretation of Scripture, according to Walker?
a. What does Walker believe regarding the role of man's reason in understanding God's revelation in the theological process?
b. Was the Apocrypha accepted by the Jews at the time of Christ?
c. Does modern Judaism use the same canon of Scripture as the Jews during the time of Jesus?
a. Were all the New Testament books written by apostles?
b. The New Testament canon, as we have it today, was confirmed by the Council of ________ in 360 A.D.
c. According to Andrews Norton, by the end of the second century A.D., there must have been around _________ copies of the New Testament in circulation.
a. What is Walker's argument for the inspiration of the Bible?
b. Describe each theory of inspiration: mechanical, natural, gracious, partial, verbal, plenary.
a. What does the Roman Catholic Church, as affirmed in the Council of Trent, understand by "Tradition"?
b. The Roman Catholic Church uses the term "___________" to refer to "truths naturally shut, hidden from, or transcending human discovery, if not human comprehension."
a. Explain the "a priori" arguments for the existence of God.
b. Explain the "a posteriori" arguments for the existence of God.
c. Define the following terms: atheism, pantheism, agnosticism, deism.
a. Describe the following attributes of God: unity, spirituality, eternal, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, holiness.
a. Does Walker assert that the doctrine of the Trinity is an apparent contradiction?
b. What does Walker say about the practicality of the doctrine of the Trinity?
a. What does Walker say about the possibility that God might have guided a process of "evolution" to fulfill His purposes in creation?
b. What does Walker say about whether the doctrine that God governs absolutely all things would deny human freedom and accountability?
a. According to Walker, what is the predominant aspect of the image of God in man?
b. How did the Fall affect the image of God in man, according to Walker?
c. What aspects of man were affected by the Fall, according to Walker?
d. What does Walker say about the concept that the Fall was necessary in order to fulfill God's higher purposes?
a. How did the Fall affect mankind?
a. Does Walker agree that all sins are equal?
a. According to Walker, does the Bible indicate that the punishment of unbelievers will have a termination point in time?
a. According to Walker, for Jesus to be able to meet man's need for salvation, what did He need to be?
a. According to Walker, in what sense did Christ die for the sins of all people?
b. According to Walker, what is the "evidential keystone to the Christian system"?
a. Describe the different perspectives on the atonement as explained by Walker. Which does he prefer?
a. Describe the meaning of each theological term: justification, sanctification, exaltation.
a. What does Walker say about the chronological order of regeneration, repentance and conversion?
b. What does Walker believes about the role of Divine Grace in salvation? Does man's freedom have a role?
c. According to Walker, do the Scriptures deal with man as if he were able to resist the work of the Holy Spirit and lose the final benefits of salvation?
a. Walker states: "The bringing in, by the Blessed Spirit, of individuals to the reception of Christ and the benefits of His work of salvation, is the transition inwardly from the state of nature to that of grace, externally from the world to the _______."
b. Walker calls baptism the "________ pledge of Christian discipleship."
c. Does Walker consider that the efficacy of baptism depends on the faith of the person baptized?
c. In what manner is Christ present in the Lord's Supper, according to Walker?
a. What is the special purpose of angels, according to Walker?
a. What two major future spiritual events are highlighted by Walker?