An A-Z index of all the fancy words used on this site.

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)

In 1970, the IRS decided that it would no longer grant tax-exempt status to private schools that practiced racial discrimination under the theory that this sort of discrimination failed to be “charitable” within the bounds …

complementarian

Complementarianism is a theological view held by some in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. The word “complementary” …

Concordist

Concordist approaches see events in Scripture as referring to real events, even if some freedom of interpretation is allowed. Non-concordist approaches see these passages as using phenomenological language or as teaching theological lessons without referring …

Deuteronomy 26:12-13

12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the …

Employment Division v. Smith (1990)

This case involves Alfred Smith and Galen Black, two members of the Native American Church in Oregon. These two men also happened to work as counselors at a private drug rehabilitation clinic in that state. …

federalism

Federalism is the concept that central power is the contractual result of the authorization of independent sovereigns (states) along with the people generally, creating a government where power is partially diffused, and individuals are governed …

genetic systems

The set of genes necessary for a “life process” such as the digestion of cellulose for cows. These genes may be located across more than one organism.

Great Commission

The Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples that they spread his teachings to all the nations of the world. It has become a tenet in Christian theology emphasizing …

Lee v. Weisman (1992)

Robert E. Lee (not that one), a middle school principal in Providence, Rhode Island, invited a rabbi to provide a benedictory prayer at the school’s graduation. Worried about the appearance of a state-run school promoting …

Levites

A member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, especially of that part of it that provided assistants to the priests in the worship in the Jewish temple.

Leviticus 27:30-33

30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their …

Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Loving v. Virginia was a challenge to the State of Virginia’s statute banning marriage between Caucasians and “people of color.” At the time, Virginia was one of 16 states that prohibited interracial marriage, and the …

Matthew 25:31-46

1 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will …

Matthew 6:1-4

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to …

millennials

The demographic cohort following Generation X. Although there is no exact date when the generation starts and ends, researchers and commentators target the 1980’s to the early 2000’s birth years for this generation also known …

modal aspects

The fifteen aspects, also known as modal aspects, are distinct ways (for example, numerically or spatially) that creatures relate to other creatures within the fabric of creation. This way of explaining creation as a web of ways of …

Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is the profession of faith or creed that is most widely used in Christian liturgy.

Numbers 18:21-28

21 “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting. 22 From now on the Israelites must …

originalist

Originalist or originalism is the idea that the scope of current rights and powers of the government are tied to the grants of rights and powers intended by the Framers of the Constitution.

Pentateuch

the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)

In the years since Roe v. Wade was decided, there were numerous cases trying to specifically delineate what types of regulation of abortion procedures were permissible and which were not. At the same time, reexamination …

postlapsarian

the theology of or relating to the period after the fall of Adam and Eve.

predestination

As a doctrine in Christian theology, predestination refers to the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others. It has been particularly associated with the …

shalom

The Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, and completeness. It is often used to indicate the harmonious condition of creation, in which all creatures flourish and live fully as God intends them to live. The full …

sphere sovereignty

The notion that different parts of creation, especially different social institutions, have legitimately different rules, tasks, and duties, given them by God for the proper functioning of the world.

SpokenWord

SpokenWord involves performance-based poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance. There is no mandatory manner …

TULIP

The letters T-U-L-I-P have been used since the early 20th century as a popular mnemonic device for the “five points of Calvinism” or “doctrines of grace” in Reformed theology. Each letter stands for one of …

white privilege

White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges, existing in predominantly white societies, that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, or …