Theological

Adoptionism / Dynamic Monarchianism

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Adoptionism. A heretical teaching which believes that Jesus was an ordinary human being until he was adopted by God and became divine by adoption. In this teaching Jesus was either adopted by God at baptism or resurrection.

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Agnostic

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Agnostic. A person who believes it is not possible to know whether God exists. (From the Greek word for ‘knowledge’.)

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Anthropomorphism

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Anthropomorphism. Ascribing human characteristics (motives, traits, emotions etc) to objects and non-human beings. Signed here ascribing characteristics to God.

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Apocatastasis

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apocatastasis. The belief that ultimately all living beings will be saved (go to Heaven)

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Apologetics

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apologetics. Theological explanation and defence of Christian faith and beliefs.

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Apologist

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apologist. Someone who provides explanation and defence of the Christian faith or beliefs.

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Apostate / Apostasy / Apostasies

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apostate / Apostasy / Apostasies. An Apostate is someone who renounces a political or religious belief.

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Armageddon

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Armageddon. The literal or symbolic location of the gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, as prophesied in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Signed here without a place/location sign/referencer which would need to be added to place it, as required contextually, either in topographic or syntactic space. It’s also used as a generic term for any end times scenario.

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Aseity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Aseity. God’s self-sufficiency and autonomy.

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Biblical Commentary

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Biblical Commentary. A book providing explanations of Biblical vocabulary and texts.

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Christology

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Christology. A branch of Christian theology which studies the nature and the work of Jesus Christ.

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Criticism (Analysis)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Criticism (Analysis). Analysing a text, research, or opinion.

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Deism

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Deism. The belief that there is a supreme being, but not necessarily that of the Christian God, or the god of any other religion, more a belief in a creator and that the laws of the universe can be discovered through reason. Deists don’t have a holy book, or a creed, or a fixed set of beliefs.

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Descend (to the realm of the dead)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Descend (to the realm of the dead). In the Apostles’ Creed we read that Jesus was “crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again”.

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Dichotomy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Dichotomy. A distinction between two opposites.

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Discern / Discernment

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Discern / Discernment. To recognise or understand something that is not clear; the ability to sense God’s purpose or guidance.

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Doctrine

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Doctrine. A set of beliefs held by a particular group; Christian teaching and the message of the Gospel.

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Ebionitism

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ebionitism. An early heresy, emphasising Jewish law and rejecting Jesus’ divinity. Now, sometimes refers to minimising Jesus’ divinity.

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Ecclesiology

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ecclesiology. The study of the church.

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Eisegesis

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Eisegesis. The process in which someone’s biases and pre-conceived ideas influence their interpretation of a piece of writing.

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Enlightenment (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Enlightenment. An eighteenth century intellectual movement that valued reason and scientific thinking.

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