Walking into Ergun Caner's theology class, I was a bit skeptical of what the day had in store. Rumors were flying (they still are) and I didn't know what to believe (that has changed now). I love theology, but most students at Liberty don't wait until their Junior year to take it. I did.
My day started off awful to say the least! My mom gave me news that a lady I had known my whole life had passed away and the rain was pouring down outside. I chose a seat in front of a girl who would turn out to be the cause of a four-day headache. For 15 minutes prior to the class starting I listened to this "whore" (sorry for the strong word) behind me talk about her many sexual escapades with her ex-boyfriends on the Liberty football team. If only Coach Rocco could have been here for this conversation...Anyways, my bitterness towards her was continuing to build so finally I turned around and asked her to stop talking about her sex life seeing that we were in a Christian school and in a theology class! After I was given the evil eye I turned back around only in time for her to run up and talk to the teacher as if she was a devout Christian seeking godly advice from Dr. Caner. Hypocrisy is disgusting!
Within the first 20 minutes of class Ergun is chatting about the accusations against him, but he made it clear that he isn't worrying about the issue or looking in to it...yet he gave my class an explanation, which I was extremely grateful for since for the next 4 days he would teach me a basis of theology that I would use throughout the rest of my academic life. If you're interested I have 7 minutes of his innocence recorded on my cell phone. *(I have recently been contacted about this media clip via blog comments, and let me make it clear that I will not be giving out any information).
Now, onto Theology. I can't exactly remember what stood out that first day, but I remember learning more than my brain could digest. The whole week was like Academic Bulimia: I took in a lot of information, but forgot it before it had time to digest...
Prolegomena. Ever heard of it? It's ok, I'll explain. Basically prolegomena sets the stage so that we are all discussing the same thing. In other words; we cannot have a discussion on if two people are in love if we don't come to a mutual agreement on the definition and nature of the word "love". How does this fit into Theology? I'm glad you asked...How you approach theology will define how you relate to God, your salvation and your church.
We also discussed the various approaches to apologetics. I do not agree with the presuppositional view. This approach is often known as the Limited Atonement approach. Believes that Christ only died for the elect, and that only the elect can understand the evidence. They must first agree on certain presuppositions before the Gospel can be effectively presented.
I would definitely agree more closely with the evidential view: which would be commonly defined as a General Atonement approach. Basically, the evidential view says that Christ died for the world (John 3:16, right) and that each living soul has a God-shaped hole that can only be filled by God. Therefore, each person is created in the image of God (imago Dei) and can be shown using evidence that a personal God loves them.
Overall, the first day was a success.
Grace, Peace, Love,