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. “Christianized Hellenism” was offered over “Hellenized Christianity.” What do you think about these concepts?
2. How do you understand God’s “unchanging” nature?
3. Please comment on God acting not from need, but “the overflowing abundance of who he is.”
4. “Created time must find its meaning in God’s eternal time.” How is this distinction helpful?
5. Dr. Molnar described obedience to God as a freedom, not “enslavement.” Please comment.
6. Do you share the belief that God redeems our bad decisions for the good? Why or why not?
7. It was asserted that we often have a “too human concept of God.” Why is this?
8. Why do you think looking to Christ, rather than Christian experience, was emphasized?
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.