Over the semesters that I have taught Christian doctrine and history, I have encountered several frequent questions, objections, and perceptions. I have found myself responding repeatedly to these. The following "frequently asked questions" and answers are adapted from students' and colleagues' real questions and my answers to them, as well as questions e-mailed from readers of my website.
The opinions are mine, and not necessarily those of my institution, local church, or denomination. Bear in mind that these are my most frequently asked questions. They are not necessarily the most important questions! I hope you find them helpful, even without the benefit of their original context. Please read (and respond) in the Spirit of faith, hope, and love.
Theology as a Discipline:
Theology as my own Profession:
What got you into teaching theology? (new 3/9/2003)
What's the deal with your name? (new 4/5/2003)
The Bible as History, Science, and Truth:
Were Adam and Even set up to fail? (new 9/19/2002)
If not all of the Old Testament's characters were literal historical figures, then wouldn't people like Jesus and Paul be in error to refer to people such as Abraham, David, and Jonah, even mentioning biographical details, in a way that doesn't seem figurative?
My theological education exposed me to ideas I find refreshing and powerful, and I want to put them to use. However, when I expose my youth group to some of them, people get suspicious — especially parents. They only seem to want me to teach "the party line" that they already believe. What do I do? (new 7/6/2004)
Does the Bible really affirm the ordination of women? (new 9/10/2003)