Terminology Tuesday: Worldview

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is a certain set of fixed assumptions and beliefs that someone would use to understand the world they live in. A good example of a worldview would be questions like “What is my purpose in life”? Or, “Does God exist”? “Did we arrive here through evolution or did God create us”?

Whether or not an atheist wants to admit it, “atheism” is a worldview.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Communicatio idiomatum, Communicatio operationum

*Communicatio idiomatum is Latin for”communication of attributes.” According to this teaching, Jesus’ status as both fully God and fully human implies that whatever is true of Jesus’ humanity is also true of His deity and vice versa without mixing the qualities of the divine or human nature. For example, if Jesus suffers and if Jesus is God, then it can be concluded that in Jesus God suffers.

**Communicatio opererationum (communication of operations) suggests that any work or action of Christ’s divine nature is at the same time work of His human nature and vice versa. In short, both of these terms are meant to safeguard the fact that Jesus only one person and not two, even though the one person is both human and divine. Thus whatever Christ does in fact the singular action of the one God-man.

* **Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 27

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: The Laws of Thermodynamics

The first law of thermodynamics describes that the amount of ACTUAL energy in the universe remains constant and does not change.

The second law of thermodynamics describes that the amount of USABLE energy in the entire universe is decreasing. So in a nutshell the universe’s energy is running down and tending towards disorder with an eventual demise of the universe.

To put this into simpler terms, if the amount of actual energy stays the same, however usable energy is running down, then the amount of energy we started with was not an infinite amount. So if this is true then the universe could not possibly have been infinite, as you can’t run out of an infinite amount of energy. So the universe had to have a beginning as written by Moses in Genesis 1.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Exemplarism

*The belief that Jesus’ life and ministry is primarily an example to humans of how to live uprightly before God rather than a means of providing something that humans cannot gain on their own. Many opponents of Exemplarism argue that the theory assumes that humans in their sinful condition have the ability to conform to the character and life of Jesus.

God Bless
Brian Mason

**Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 49

Terminology Tuesday: Adoptionism

This is the first installment of “Terminology Tuesday” Today we will be looking at:

Adoptionism:

The theory that asserts that God adopted Jesus of Nazareth as his Son. In other words, Jesus was born human but became God’s Son at a particular point in his life. This theory fails to reflect spiritual texts that point to Jesus’ eternal relationship with the Father (e.g., Jn 17:5)

Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki, Cherith Fee Nordling
Intervarsity Press
Copyright 1999 by Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki, Cherith Fee Nordling