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What does God do? In the last few episodes of Thinking Theology we’ve been thinking about what God is like: what is his nature and what is his character. But in this and the next few episodes we’re moving on to think about what God has done and what he continues to do. In this episode we’re thinking about what God has done in creating the world. What does the Bible tell us about creation and, importantly, how does that shape our life?
Over the last couple of episodes we’ve thought about the nature of God or what we’ve called the non-moral attributes of God. That is, we’ve focussed on his being. God is present everywhere, he knows everything, and so on. In this episode we’re beginning to think about the character of God. What God is like to relate to? What is he like in personal terms?
What is God like? What does he know? What does he control? Where is he? What is his relationship to time? Those are the kinds of questions we began looking at in the last episode of Thinking Theology. We began looking at what are often called the attributes of God. We looked at some of the non-moral attributes: God’s self-existence, his eternity, omnipresence, omnipotence and sovereignty. In this episode we’re thinking about some of God’s other non-moral attributes: his omniscience, wisdom, immutability, infinity, unity and simplicity.
We know what it’s like to be a human being. We know that we can only ever be in one place at the one time. We know that one day we’re born without us even having any say in it. And then another day we’ll die. But what about God? What’s he like? That’s what we’re thinking about in this episode of Thinking Theology.
What is the most important question of theology? Surely, it’s the question, who is God? Who is the God who has revealed himself in the Bible and in Jesus? Who is he? What is he like? What has he done and what is he doing? Those are the questions of what is often called theology proper. The part of theology that looks at the person of God. Knowing God is the most important thing that we can ever do. Knowing God is not arbitrary or irrelevant. It’s not a point of academic interest. We want to know God because he made us and sustains us. We want to know God because God wants us to know him. We want to know God because he loves us. And we want to know God because knowing God helps us to love God, relate to God and enjoy God. In this and the next few episodes of Thinking Theology we're thinking about who God is and what he's like.
Living as faithful Christians in the world means not only understanding the Bible, but also understanding the world through the lens of the Bible and thinking wisely about the world that God has made and in which God has put us. In this episode of Thinking Theology we're looking at the Covid vaccine and some of the ethical questions that people have around it. Do vaccines work? Do we need them? Can they cause autism? And is there any truth the claim that vaccines uses fetal tissue in their development or production? To answer those questions we're speaking with our first ever guest on Thinking Theology, my sister, Associate Professor Dr Elissa Deenick, who is a research immunologist with the University of New South Wales and the Garvan Institute.
“God told me that he wants you to a missionary.” “God has put it on my heart to pray for you.” What do we do with statements like that? Does God still speak? And does he speak to us outside the Bible? That’s what we’re thinking about in this episode of Thinking Theology. Does God still speak through people? What about prophecy? Does God still prophesy through people? Or does he only speak to us through the Bible?
What’s the most important thing you can say about the Bible? The Bible scholar and pastor, Peter Adam in his book, Written for Us, points out that there are lots of the topics that feature in theology courses on the Bible. Topics like the inerrancy of the Bible. That is, that the original manuscripts of the Bible are without error. And while topics like that are important and crucial, we don’t always do well at reflecting the things that the Bible says about itself. And one of the characteristics of God’s word that the Bible says a lot about is the one that we’re looking at in this episode of Thinking Theology. That is, the power of the Bible. What does it mean to say that God’s words are powerful? In what way are they powerful? And for what purpose?
Is the Bible clear? For some people, the answer to that question will be a resounding “no”. But should it be. Should we think of the Bible as unclear and hard to understand? In this episode of Thinking Theology we’re thinking about the clarity of the Bible. Is the Bible clear? Can the Bible be understood? If God is speaking to us in the Bible can we be sure that we understand him correctly? Can an infinite God communicate meaningfully so that finite human beings can understand? How can the Bible be clear when so many people disagree about what it says? And how can the Bible be clear when some parts seem very confusing?
What does it mean to say that the Bible is authoritative? If I say to my friends, “Let’s go fishing,” they may or may not listen to me. But if I a policeman says to me, “Show me your license”, I need to pay attention. Which kind of authority does the Bible have? That’s what we’re thinking about in this episode of thinking theology. What kind of authority does the Bible have? Should we listen to it? Should we listen to all of it or only some parts? And what kind of authority does it have compared to other things?
What is the Bible? Over the last few episodes we’ve been dealing with some of the introductory issues of the Bible. Where did the Bible come from? Who wrote it? And is it reliable? And yet while that’s important it still doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what the Bible really is. What is the Bible about? What it’s trying to achieve? What is its character? In this episode we're beginning to look at what the Bible says about what the Bible is.
An introduction to the new Thinking Theology Daily Bible podcast.
How do we know that the Bible is reliable? How do we know whether the words we have in our Bibles are the words that were written and how do we know that the words that we have describe real historical events? In this episode of Thinking Theology, we’re thinking about the question of the historical reliability of the New Testament. How do we know whether the events in the New Testament really happened?
How do we know that the Bible is reliable? How do we know whether the words we have in our Bibles are the words that were written? In this episode of Thinking Theology we’re thinking about whether the manuscripts of the New Testament are a reliable record of what was first written or have they been changed over the centuries?
Some people love it and some people hate it, but since starting the Thinking Theology podcast there’s one question that has come up over and over again. What is with that music? What is the music? Who wrote it? And why one earth is it so dramatic?
How do we know that the Bible is reliable? How do we know whether the words we have in our Bibles are the words that were written and how do we know that the words that we have describe real historical events?In this episode of Thinking Theology we’re...
The Bible is not simply one book but 66 smaller books from all different times, places, cultures and languages all with one message. But where did they all come from? Who wrote them? And how did we end up with those 66 books? Over the last two episodes...
The Bible is often thought of as one book, but it’s actually 66 little books of all different types and kinds. But where did they all come from, who wrote them, and how did we end up with those 66 books? Last episode we looked at the 39 books that make...
The Bible is often thought of as one book, but it’s actually 66 little books of all different types and kinds. But where did they all come from, who wrote them, and how did we end up with those 66 books? In this episode and next episode, we’re thinking...
The Bible Alone: It was one of the key ideas of the 16th-century Christian Reformation. But was does that mean? We saw in episode 1 that theology ought to be biblical. But what about the Holy Spirit? What’s his role in revealing God’s truth to us? And...
Baptism, election and predestination, the role of women in church, how the return of Jesus will take place, homosexuality, the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, even the divinity of Jesus—all those are issues that people who claim to be...
The second episode of Thinking Theology looks at how to do theology. It looks at exegetical, biblical, systematic, historical and practical theology, what they are and how we use them to understand God, the world and ourselves better.Another great...
The first episode of Thinking Theology looks at what theology is, what makes good theology and why it's important for the Christian life.