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Paul Molnar: God's Will and Our Decisions

Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar: God's Will and Our Decisions

Dr. Paul Molnar discusses how God's will gets complicated when it intersects with our choices.

(24.7 minutes)
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Paul Molnar

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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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.

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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.

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Double Predestination - by Elmer Colyer

Professor Elmer Colyer discusses the wrath and love of God. 2.3 minutes.


 

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Elmer Colyer: Predestination and God's Power Over Evil

Dr. Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Predestination and God's Power Over Evil

Dr. Colyer discusses predestination and Trinitarian theology. Some people assume that God is the best of our own ideals, others accept him the way he has revealed himself in Christ.

(29.2 minutes)
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Elmer Colyer

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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In the first interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the weaknesses of the concordance method of theology, that the Bible is not an end in itself, and about Trinitarian theology.

In the second interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the theology of Thomas Torrance, the vicarious humanity of Christ, and "the logic of grace."

In the fourth interview, Dr. Colyer talks with Mike Feazell about the practical theology of Thomas F. Torrance.

JMF: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included – the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Elmer Colyer, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer edited The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance, and he is author of How to Read T.F.

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