Many folks in our society today would think that belief in the resurrection is just as looney as belief in reincarnation.
Reading the situation charitably, I can understand the concerns, even suspicions, of old-earth and young-earth creationists when challenged by their opponents. In the early 20th century, the creation-versus-evolution debates served as a dividing line in the modernist-fundamentalist controversy.
As a result, many American evangelicals can get a bit touchy when it comes to creation. Speaking generally and therefore running the risk of alienating just about everybodyyoung earthers look at old-earth cosmogonies as a little too flirtatious with Darwinism—a sure path to the complete embrace of liberalism.
Drawing the Lines Part of the problem is our failure to engage in some theological triage with the doctrine of creation. First-order doctrines are the non-negotiables of the Christian faith. Without these doctrines we either give up the gospel or put ourselves at risk of losing the gospel.
Second-order doctrines are important, influential issues that separate denominations and churches from one another.
These doctrines do not separate believers from unbelievers, only Baptists from Presbyterians, Calvinists from Arminians, covenantalists from dispensationalists.
Here Christians can tolerate disagreements even within a local congregation.
First-order doctrines draw the boundaries of the circle of theological faithfulness. Theological triage is not a way of minimizing doctrine but of being able to say all doctrine is important, though some doctrines are more important than others. Lose the Trinity and you lose the gospel.
Lose your favored millennial position and, while you may need a little reshuffling of some exegetical commitments, most of the rest of your theological system remains safely intact. I am saying we need to separate first-order issues in the doctrine of creation from second- and third-order issues, mitigating our suspicions of the other side and hopefully reminding those with teaching ministries what to prioritize about creation as we disciple others.
We all recognize that the bodily return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection from the dead, the final judgment, and the creation of a new heaven and new earth are all first-order issues. God created the world ex nihilo. God created the world good. God created the world for his glory.
Adam and Eve are historical figures who really did disobey God in time and space history in the Garden of Eden. Scripture witnesses to points 1 and 2 in a number of places Rom. Scripture confirms point 4, God creating for his own glory, on almost every page—keeping the rest of our theology orbiting around the right gravitational center.
The record of God specially creating his own image, giving him dominion, bringing him a spouse, and then exiling that couple from his presence upon their rebellion must be an accurate account of real, historical events.
Without the historical fall of Adam Point 7 we lose the doctrine of original sin and we also lose the most essential building block of biblical theology—the Adam-Christ typology Rom. Sparring with Open Arms Within these boundaries, evangelicals—holding a full-throated affirmation of inerrancy—can and should theologically spar with one another while also embracing one another without suspicion.
You can follow him on Twitter.The Resurrection of Christ: Theological Implications Research Paper “The Resurrection of Christ: Theological Implications,” key points regarding the significance of the resurrection of Jesus are discussed and reviewed through the lens of Christology.
Overview. In Cultural Implications of Theology: Influences of Christian Doctrine on Society, Dr. Richard S. Park seeks to demonstrate how theology makes a real difference in society and how the gospel transforms culture.
Theological triage is not a way of minimizing doctrine but of being able to say all doctrine is important, though some doctrines are more important than others. Lose the Trinity and you lose the gospel. Theology is a system of the study of God and all that pertains to Him. The study of theology proper is a study of the existence and nature of God.
Our study will be brief and will seek to acquaint you with basic concepts concerning the existence of God and His nature. It is not, of course, a complete study of His Person. Hence, it would be beneficial to look at the historical evidences for the resurrection of Christ.
We may well wish to do that in a future essay. In this essay, however, we want to turn our attention to the theological implications of Christ’s resurrection. In Cultural Implications of Theology: Influences of Christian Doctrine on Society, Dr.
Park seeks to demonstrate how theology makes a real difference in society and how the gospel transforms culture. Dr.