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The Definition or Nature of Theology


by William Ames

1. Theology is doctrine or teaching of living to God. John 6:68,
"The words of eternal life..."; Acts 5:20, "The words of this
life..."; Romans 6:11, "Consider yourselves...alive to God."
2. It is called doctrine, not to separate it from understanding,
knowledge, wisdom, art, or prudence--for these go with every exact
discipline, and most of all with theology--but to mark it as a
discipline, and most of all with theology--but to mark it as a
discipline which derives not from nature and human inquiry like
others, but from divine revelation and appointment. Isaiah 51:4,
"Doctrine shall go forth from Me..."; Galatians 1:11-12, "The
Gospel...is not according to man. For neither I received it from
man, nor was taught it, but it came through a revelation."
5. Since the highest kind of life for a human being is that which
approaches most closely the living and life-giving God, the nature
of theological life is living to God.



 

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