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Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy Between Sacred and Secular (Pt.4)

April 14, 2019 Speaker: Danielle Lochan Series: Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy between Sacred and Secular

Learning goals: (a) understand different forms of dualism and dichotomies in church history, (b) use the Creation-Fall-Redemption grid to analyze unbalanced theology, (c) discuss how the Creation-Fall-Redemption grid informs our evangelism

Lecture Outline:

  1. Christian Perspective on Our Work
  2. Augustine (354-430 AD)
  • Aquinas (1225-1274)
  1. The Reformation
  2. Unbalanced Theology

EXERCISE: With a partner, analyze the scenarios given and discuss which element (Creation, Fall, Redemption) is being overemphasized, as well as problems with this overemphasis.


What is being overemphasized?

What’s the problem here?

Someone evangelizes their co-worker by starting with, “You’re a sinner; you need to be saved.”







Monasticism rejects marriage as inferior and exalts celibacy







Aquinas’ nature/grace dualism: during the Fall, humans lost only the added-on gift of supernatural grace but retained their human faculties essentially intact and unchanged