Friday, February 7, 2014

Pieper, 1968, Chapter A13, "The Purpose of Christian Theology for Man"

Chapter A13, “The Purpose of Christian Theology for Man”

In this very brief chapter Pieper discusses the purpose of theology. Christian theology has three purposes. First, it leads people to eternal safety. This is the main purpose of all Christian theology. Other goals such as spreading a culture are merely side-effects, and not always desirable ones. The main goal of creating eternal salvation happens through the secondary goal, creating and preserving faith in Christ, which alone leads to salvation. A third purpose of theology is to encourage believers in good works. While our good works will never save us, they are a positive influence on our world and are normally motivated by good theology.

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