Sunday, June 12, 2016

Greek and Latin terms used in Christian theology

Some Greek and Latin terms used in Christian theology, which you might run across reading on the subject:

  • Creatio ex Nihilo: creation out of nothing 
  • Credenda: things to be believed 
  • Credo: I believe 
  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo: glory to God in the highest 
  • Imago Dei: image of God 
  • Missio Dei: the mission or sending of God 
  • Ordo Salutis: order of salvation (e.g., the logical order of how salvation transpires in time) 
  • Prima Causa: first cause 
  • Protoevangelium: first gospel (specifically Genesis 3:15) 
  • Regnum Christi: the rule of Christ 
  • Solo Christo: Christ alone 
  • Sola Fide: faith alone 
  • Sola Gratia: grace alone 
  • Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone 
  • Soli Deo Gloria: to God alone be the glory. 
  • Summum Bonum: highest or chief good (i.e., God) 
  • Vox Dei: Voice of God

  • Adiaphora: things of indifference (i.e., neutral, not right or wrong in themselves) 
  • Agape: love 
  • Autographa: original writing 
  • Ecclesia: church, congregation 
  • Eucharistia: thanksgiving (some churches use the term Eucharist for the Lord's Supper) 
  • Hagia Graphia: Holy Scriptures 
  • Kenosis: emptying (particularly regarding the Incarnation of the Son of God) 
  • Kerygma: preaching, the proclamation of the gospel 
  • Logos: word (often used in reference to Jesus) 
  • Praxis: action (or practice)

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