Do you want to know what those technical words of Greek and Latin are? Tired of having terms tossed around and not knowing what they mean? This will definitely help!
A very powerful resource for understanding more advanced theological writings and discussions. It will guide you to the historical roots and logical connections of such doctrines as the Trinity, incarnation, atonement, the fall, sacraments, and the Church and its ministry.
Richard Muller has put all theological students and pastors in his debt with his dictionary. Explanations of vexing Greek and Latin theological terms are drawn mainly from Protestant scholastic theology. Muller frequently explains the differences between the Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed systems which developed after the Reformation. Written from a Protestant point of view, its comparison of differing definitions and doctrinal viewpoints is balanced and gracious. Here is a sample entry from this dictionary of terms:
sola gratia: grace alone; by grace alone; viz., the teaching of the Reformers and of their scholastic successors that grace alone is the ground of salvation and that individuals are justified by grace alone through faith. The term allows only grace to be the active power in justifi cation and leaves nothing to the human will or to human works. Synergism (synergismus, q.v.), cooperation between man and God, is therefore effectively ruled out of the initial work of salvation. Even faith (fi des, q.v.) is a result of grace and cannot be considered as the result of human effort. See gratia; iustifi catio; ordo salutis.
The Latin entries are self-evident, while the Greek phrases are transliterated for ease of reading, then written in Greek in parentheses. Many articles link directly to other related articles. No student of theology should be without this invaluable text.