Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Wesleyan Theology of Sin

I have now completed a series of posts giving a Wesleyan "Theology of Sin," part of my ongoing series called, "My Theology in Bullet Points." It is not, to be sure, the only Wesleyan perspective, but it is an attempt to be true to Wesleyan theology in dialog with contemporary theological issues. Below it are links for my theologies of God and creation.

The Doctrine of Sin (hamartiology)
1. Evil is a matter of choice, intention, and desire.
2. God created the possibility of evil choices.
3. Suffering in itself is not evil.
4. The current bent of humanity is toward evil.
5. All have sinned.
6. There is such a thing as corporate and structural sin.

The Doctrine of God (theology proper)
1. God didn't need to create. (God's self-sufficiency)
2. God isn't literally a guy.
3. God has the power to do anything. (God's omnipotence)
4. God is present in all places and all times. (God's omnipresence)
5. God knows every possible thing to know.
6. God knows every actual thing to know. (God's omniscience)
7. God can do whatever he wants. (God's sovereignty)
8. God loves everything he has created. (God is love)
9. God's justice fits within the context of his love. (God is just)
10. To say God is holy is to say God is God. (God is holy)
11. There is only one God, but God is three persons. (God is a Trinity)

The Doctrine of Creation (cosmology)
1. God created everything that exists out of nothing.
2. Everything God created was good.
3. God is in control of everything that happens.
4. There are good and evil spiritual beings at work in the world.
5. Human beings were created in the image of God.
6. God intended us to live forever.
7. All humanity is of equal value to God.

1 comment:

Ken Schenck said...

Unfortunately, I can see that I should add a post on structural and corporate sin. So one more post next week and I will add the link here.