Paul Molnar is a professor of systematic theology at St. John's University in New York and a former president of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. For a PDF of all interviews with him, click here. He has written the following books, including:
__Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity
__Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding
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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. Why do you think it is important that we not separate Christ’s gifts from Christ himself?
2. Did you find the explanation of God’s “being and acts as one” satisfying? Why or why not?
3. Natural theology was described as attempting to know God without biblical faith. To what extent can this be done?
4. How do you understand the quote, “Words are subject to realities, not realities to words”?
5. It was implied that in trusting God we are obeying his law of love. Please share your thoughts about that.
6. What does the concept of God’s unconditional love mean to you?
7. Repentance was depicted not as a condition of returning to God, but as a response to his grace. How do you understand this?
8. “You can’t judge the truth of Christology by the ethical fruits of Christians.” That is, you cannot judge who Jesus is by the way Christian act. Why would people think otherwise?
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: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Dr. Paul Molnar.