Participants are always welcome! As long as dialogue is taking place, no paper or book is ever truly finished, and it is hoped that many will desire to read, discuss, and contribute their ideas. Contributions need not be lengthy or already in the debate format. Even a brief insight into one point, or question, or a comment would be valuable and appreciated.
WHAT PART CAN OTHERS PLAY IN DIALOGOS STUDIES?
Herb Kraker's undergraduate work was done in engineering. He obtained a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, USA and a B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Both of these degrees were received in 1978. Throughout his college years, Herb felt a deep interest in studying theology, but was always directed toward the sciences. After several years as an engineer, he decided to go to Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There his scientific background and the engineer's inclination to hone in on detail and see the parts of the whole shaped his approach to the Scriptures. He graduated in 1987 with a Masters of Theological Studies degree. Herb's basic theological perspective is Reformed, evangelical and conservative. At present Herb is employed as an engineer and he and his wife, Lynn, have four children.
WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE WEBSITE?
WHAT IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF DIALOGOS STUDIES?
The primary emphasis has always been to seek the truth and to present as evenhanded a treatment as possible. To that end, contributions and suggestions have been actively solicited from those who have studied and written on these topics in order to better discern God's leading. This also contributes toward fairly representing varied viewpoints, and toward creating a work that is clear and understandable.
WHY WAS THE NAME "DIALOGOS STUDIES" CHOSEN?
WHAT DOES DIALOGOS MEAN?
Dialogos Studies seeks to glorify God through contributing to the spiritual growth of Christians by furthering Biblical truths. This is pursued through providing an arena in which the truths of God's Word can be discussed and debated. Dialogos Studies is founded upon the belief that Christians will grow in their knowledge of God and can experience increased unity among themselves, founded upon Biblical truth, when they examine doctrinal issues by looking at them from both sides. Dialogos Studies seeks to provide clear and concise material, gathering and presenting the best insights from both sides of an issue in a written debate format. These written debates help the reader make an informed decision on a given topic. Dialogos Studies also has as its goal that these materials are to be "living" materials, open to additional input from all who study them. By revising in this manner, it is the purpose of Dialogos Studies to constantly work toward producing materials that continually move closer to the eternal truths of God's Word.
Dialogos Studies is founded upon and committed to the primary confessions of historic Christianity. These include belief in the Trinity, God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The deity of Christ is considered essential and nonnegotiable.
Dialogos Studies subscribes to the historic ecumenical creeds of the Christian Church. These are the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. In addition to these The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism and The Canons of Dort are considered faithful statements of scriptural teaching.
"Dialogos Studies" was chosen because it represents the purpose of the writings that come from it: to encourage an active dialogue between two viewpoints on the same doctrinal topic, enabling readers to see a pointbypoint treatment of the main issues. Too often, books and articles make a convincing argument for their position, but may not address certain points of concern for those holding a different view. A dialogue format allows each side to deal with the same points as well as to respond to the other's position. The result is, hopefully, a work that allows those seeking a good understanding of an issue to see both sides clearly.
Dialogos is the Greek word meaning dialogue. Dialogue is defined by Webster as "open and frank discussion, as in seeking mutual understanding" and "a written work in the form of a conversation."