The follow is a list of terms every beginning apologist should know.
- Christ of Faith—The theological person of Jesus
- Historical Jesus—The actual person/man Jesus who walked the earth
- Source Criticism—Attempt to trace back the literary source of the Gospels
- Synoptic Problem—How do we account for the similarities and differences between the synoptics?
- Two Document Theory—Mark, earliest Gospel, gives framework but lacks much teaching and from Q
- Q—(1890) Source that contained many of the sayings and teachings
- Form Criticism—An analysis of the forms in which the narratives of the Gospels come down to us
- Demythologize—Getting rid of miracles and get to the sole teaching of Jesus—Gospels not historical, spiritual truths, dropping theological claims (Bultmann)
- Criterion of Double Dissimilarity—Something that Jesus said that was either according to early Judaism or early Church Jesus probably didn’t say
- Criterion of Multiple Attestation—Many sources giving the same account
- Criterion of Embarrassment—If the information could potentially damage the truth to the claim it was probably true
- Redaction Criticism—Effects of the editor’s own literary styles and theological presuppositions as put together in the Gospel accounts
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