Jurnal teologic 12.1 (2013)

MATEI, Eugen. “Social Trinitarianism and the Trinitarian Thinking of the Church Fathers.”  Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 5-20.

Abstract

This paper considers some aspects of the Trinitarian thinking of the Fathers in order to evaluate its relevance to contemporary social Trinitarianism.  An understanding of the Trinitarian language is essential for understanding the social Trinitarian argument.  Therefore, without attempting a detailed exposition of the history of doctrine, this paper makes an overview of the emergence of the Trinitarian language in the Cappadocian vis-à-vis the Augustinian language.  The second part of the paper goes beyond the Trinitarian language of the Fathers, to consider their use of the social analogy in Trinitarian context. 

Keywords

Trinity, social, Church Fathers, Augustine, doctrine

 

BĂDRĂGAN, Sorin. “Natura bisericii în înțelegerea unor teologi reprezentativi din primele cinci secole. / The Nature of the Church According to Some Representative Theologians from the First Five Centuries.” Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 21-41.

Abstract

This paper explores the doctrine about the Church as it is defined in the first five centuries. In those times it was given the main directions for understanding the Church: the Christological conception argued by Irenaeus, and the pneumatological one argued by Tertulian. The significant historical development in the area of ecclesiology was from an understanding of the Church as the people of God (Irenaeus, Tertulian) to one that understands the Church as an empirical institution led by a bishop (Ciprian, Augustine). One main result of this development was secularization and corruption seen especially in the Middle Ages.

Keywords

Church, Church Fathers, people of God, bishop

 

SABOU, Sorin. “The Son from Above.” Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 43-58.

Abstract

This paper is a theological comparative study of the two New Testament texts: Philippians 2 and John 1. These portrayals of the Son of God show the common ground of communion, divinity, and of coming down to us, but also show the particularities of revelation, life, humility, and honor. These glimpses of the Son from above are the starting point for a New Testament understanding of God, history of salvation, and life in the family of God and in the city.

Keywords

Christ, Son, honor, humility, obedience, church, unity, revelation, life

 

BÂLC, Samuiel. “Consilierea spirituală - resursă fundamentală pentru familie. / Spiritual Counseling - An Essential resource for the Family.” Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 59-81.

Abstract

This article, in addition to highlighting the importance of spiritual counseling for the family, also looks at some concrete principles of how this counseling may be undertaken. It is also encouraged, on the other hand, to use these excellent resources given the meaning, content and authenticity of spiritual counseling. Regarding the methods used in spiritual counseling, the Collins scheme is presented, which can be very helpful in this respect, the HELP formula that includes fundamental steps necessary for counseling and the SIPEIS formula, all being practical support for both the counselor and the family undergoing counseling. The conclusion which is highlighted at the end of this article, demonstrates that through proper counseling the family may receive the necessary support to help in overcoming all attacks to which it is subject.

Keywords

family, counseling, society, culture

 

COLDA, Teodor-Ioan.  “Condiționări vetero-testamentare în interpretarea unor teme literar-teologice din Evanghelia lui Ioan. / Old Testament Conditionality in Interpreting some John’s Gospel Literary and Theological Themes (II).” Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 83-109.

Abstract

In this study the author will analyze two important Old Testament motifs on which the author of the Fourth Gospel is building the meaning of his gospel narratives: 1) the motif of the way as a test  and 2) the motif of exiting the real time and space to receive a revelation. The study is analytical, based on specific Hebrew narrative parallelism, in which the sequences of a narrative provide a pattern for future biblical narratives. Based on the text, at the end the author will propose a literary paradigm for each motif. Finding internal narrative paradigms used in the Fourth Gospel is a valuable and fruitful exercise in terms of hermeneutic. The interpretation of the Fourth Gospel’s narratives is enriched by a correct understanding of the use of Old Testament literary and theological motifs or themes and also of the Old Testament narrative patterns.

 

Keywords

Fourth Gospel, narrative, narrative patterns, Old Testament, motif

 

SAVA, Andrei. “The Sufficiency of Scripture in Biblical Counseling.” Jurnal teologic Vol 12, Nr 1 (2013): 111-131.

Abstract

Since the 1950s there have been many different views of how the Christian faith relates to psychology. Three groups have been though more prominent throughout these last six decades. One is the secular psychology camp, which believes that the Bible is completely irrelevant to counseling. Another group is biblical counseling, which believes that even though the Bible is not exhaustive, the Bible is relevant and sufficient for counseling. And the third group, as you might rightly deduct, is a blend between the first two, and believes that the Bible is relevant to counseling but insufficient for it and take their cures from secular psychology. In this article, I will suggest that the most effective, Christ-centered and eternally life-transforming model of counseling is the Biblical counseling one. I will try to bring arguments both from the Scripture and from the public square regarding the reliability and sufficiency of this model. Even though I am aware of the benefits of secular psychology in our society, I will try to argue that psychology, at its core is a philosophy that is build on quicksand and even though its observations and data could be useful in counseling, its theories and methods are incosistent and superflous. Giving the limited scope of this article, my desire is at the minimum to encourage the reader to be more vigilent and cautious regarding psychology, and to hopefully excite him to have a high view of the Word of God and dig deeper into it, to realize its tremendous wealth and relevance to the greatest problems of the human soul.

Keywords

counseling, Scripture, psychology, soul, society