Theology 202 Final Essay Topics

The theological doctrine I will be discussing falls under the doctrine of hamartiology. Hamartiology is a Greek word meaning “missing the mark” or “error”. In theology, hamartiologydeals with the concept of sin. In this paper I will be addressing a subtopic that falls under hamartiology. It is the nature of sin. Sin is a widespread problem affecting every person on the planet. However, I will not be focusing on the magnitude of sin, rather the inherent nature of sin. I will do so by breaking the nature of sin into five different areas. First, I will address the philosophical foundations which must be understood in order to create a theological analysis of the nature of sin. I will then direct the focus to the biblical evaluation of the nature of sin and examine what the Bible has to say. Afterwards, I will see what the historic development of this theological aspect looked like from one-hundred AD until the present time. Next, I will attend to the theological formulation of the nature of sin. Finally, I will concentrate on the practical application of this doctrine and see how it impacts life, the church community, and culture in general. In order to truly understand the nature of sin, we must first look at a few philosophical assumptions that must be made in order to create a complete analysis of this doctrine. Since we are dealing with the nature of sin from a Christian standpoint, there must be belief in the supernatural. If we do not think a higher power exists, there would be no point in addressing the nature of sin. Without God, who is to define the difference between goodness and sin? As C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity states, “Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it.”1This shows that human beings have a moral compass instilled in them by a higher power. This is why our first 1 Lewis, C. S. Mere ChristaniTy: WiTh a New InTroducton, of The ±hree Books BroadcasT ±alks, Christan Behaviour and Beyond PersonaliTy. London: HarperCollins, 1997.2

Nathaniel SmithDr.LongTHEO 2029/26/16Biblical Worldview: Image of GodWhen I think about the image of God the first thing that comes to mind is a quote from a man named Peter May in his article “What is the image of God?” he says, “The image of God in man therefore distinguishes us from all other animals on the one hand and shows our family resemblance to our heavenly father on the other. I take it that the words ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ amount to the same thing. They are not referring to different categories but are intended to emphasize & clarify the central idea.” I think this quote wraps up my view of the image of God in the aspect of everyman. However over the years there has been much more talk about the image of God than just simple illustrations, there has also been a lot on the basis of theology. When you dig into the aspects of the image of God there is no better place to look than the book of Genesis. We truly see the image of in scripture in Genesis

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