Doctrines of Christianity

What's Here

This section is about Christian doctrines, aside from those having to do with the divinity of Jesus, which is covered here.

Salvation, Faith and Works

Is baptism required for salvation? -- also discusses the relationship between faith and works.

Interpreting Matthew 25 -- is this a picture of what happens to the saved and unsaved, and how does it relate to requirements for salvation?

What is original sin? -- are we being unfairly penalized for the sins of our ancestors?

The atonement -- a defense of penal substitution

Heaven and Hell

Is annihilationism Biblical? -- an examination of the claim that the Bible teaches that the wicked will be annihiliated (made non-existent) after death.

What is the nature of hell? -- is it a place of literal flames and torture -- or do those images mean something else?

What is the nature of the afterlife before resurrection? -- a look at "soul sleep"

Biblical Inerrancy

What is inspiration? -- does it mean God dictated the Scriptures?

Why do we not have inerrant copies of the Bible? -- doctrinal statements say that only the originals of the Bible were inerrant, but couldn't God have preserved perfect copies? We also have a Lesson [Word document] and PowerPoint on misconceptions about inerrancy (geared for youth, but can be adjusted for adults)

How was the NT canon formed? -- was it a random process, or one fixed by people in power?

The Godhead

On the virgin birth -- was Jesus really born of a virgin?

The deity and personhood of the Holy Spirit -- some groups say the Spirit is an impersonal force, or not divine. This article answers such claims.

Other Issues

The Five Points of TULIP -- a mini-series. I end up being a "one and a half point Calvinist" but I don't think either side has it all right.

Did God err in creating us? -- also asks, "Could Jesus have sinned?"

God's Prime Directive -- why doesn't God step in and stop evil?

Teaching Resources

Recommended Books on doctrine