Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.
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Small group discussion guide
Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.
1. Please share your thoughts on the “hermeneutical circle” or the relationship between theology and Scripture.
2. The historical/critical approach to Scripture was described as useful but inadequate. Why?
3. In what ways do you think the Enlightenment has influenced Christianity?
4. What is your personal view of the ecumenical movement?
5. It was asserted that in every field everyone brings their presuppositions. Your thoughts?
6. A community with ultimate beliefs was emphasized. Why do you think this is important?
7. Dr. Colyer said we need a perspective to be able to rightly see reality. Please comment on this.
8. How did the Magic Eye analogy of the Bible (integration of form and knowing) impact you?
A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.
Introduction: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. Michael Morrison. You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr.