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Theology

Prolegomena

Ron and John January 4, 2020


Background

Where do we start? How about with the question of how we know what we know? As Christians, we make certain claims about what is true. It seems worthwhile, then, to take time up front to examine the basis for those claims. Where does the testimony to which we give so much weight come from? What can we say at the beginning of this discussion about the primary source that informs our faith: the Bible? These are some of the questions that Ron and John take up as they work their way into the larger introduction to basic Christian theology that follows in this series.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

1 John 1:1

It might seem strange to begin a series whose title bears the name “introduction” and “basic” with a word that seems birthed straight from the ivory tower: prolegomena. It could cause one to move right along by clicking on another podcast, but stay with us. This word simply means “things said before.” It refers to the opening remarks or an opening essay that precedes a larger work. In the arena of theology, it is the traditional title of the first topic discussed in a series of summary topics that survey Christian doctrine as an orderly, coherent whole. We tip our hats to that tradition as we embark on such a survey that is, in spite of the puffy sounding title of its first installment, truly nothing more than a basic introduction.

Relax and enjoy!

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Authors

Ron and John

Ron Bentley, Ph.D., and John Harman, Ph.D., are your hosts here on Orthodocs.faith. We are glad you're listening!

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