|Doctrines of Christianity|
This section is about Christian doctrines, aside from those having to do with the divinity of Jesus, which is covered here.
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
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"
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?
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.
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?
Recommended Books on doctrine