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How to research a doctrine paper

How to research a doctrine paper / Como hacer un trabajo investigativo de doctrina

Follow the flamingo Siga al flamenco

Follow the flamingo through the research process and you will save yourself a lot of time and get better results.

You can print this guide, fold it in half, and use it as a bookmark as you research.

Siga al flamenco a través de su proceso de investigación, se ahorrará mucho tiempo, y obtendrá mejores resultados.

Puede imprimir esta guía, doblarla por la mitad, y usarla como un marcador mientras investiga.


A quick guide to sources / Guía rápida para las fuentes

BR95 Dictionaries of Christianity and Christian theology

The Beacon dictionary of theology is one of several WESLEYAN theological dictionaries.

DS440.D52 A dictionary of the Bible & Christian doctrine in everyday English includes pronunciation


BR95  Diccionarios de Cristianismo y Teología Cristiana

El Diccionario teologico Beacon es uno diccionario teologico WESLEYANO.

DS440.D52 A dictionary of the Bible & Christian doctrine in everyday English incluye pronunciación.

Once you have a grasp of the big picture (the overall theme), you will be able to come up with an interesting research question (the specific topic).  You can find more on your topic in reference articles. At this step you can use the catalog to look for books on your theme and topic. Doctrines of The Salvation Army has search terms you can use in both books and databases.


Una vez logre comprension del panorama general (del tema granda), podra forumlar una pregunta de investigacion con vision enfocada e interesante (su topico especifico). Puede encontrar mas informaiton sobre su tema en los articulos de referencia. A este nivel, puede utilizar el catalogo para buscar libros sobre so tema y topico.

The most in-depth and up-to-date information on your theme will be in journals. The Brengle Library Home Page has links to the ATLA/S theological database, which has full text journal articles. Many are also available in print in the library (use Search for a Journal Title).


La información más detallada y actualizada sobre su tema estará en las revistas académicas. La página de inicio de la Biblioteca Brengle tiene enlaces a la base de datos teologia Atla/s, la cual contiene articulos de revistas con texto completo. Muchos tambien esta disponibles en formato impreso en la biblioteca (vaya a la seccion Search for a journal title an nuestra pagina Web)

Digging into doctrine with subject searches

As you follow the flamingo on the research path, you may find Library of Congress Subject Headings useful. Some are simple: Salvation is Salvation, spiritual gifts are Gifts, spiritual. Others are not so straight forward. If you want information on 

  • being discipled -- use the search term Spiritual formation
  • discipling others -- use Discipling (Christianity)
  • evangelism as the responsibility of every Christian -- use Witness bearing (Christianity)
  • ecclesiology, what it means to be part of the "universal Christian church" -- use Church
  • denominations -- use Sects
  • religious groups outside the bounds of the world religions -- use Cults
  • backsliding or eternal security -- use Perseverance (Theology)
  • witness of the Spirit that one is saved -- use Assurance (Theology)
  • female ministry -- use Women clergy and Women in church work
  1. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
  2. We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
  3. We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
  4. We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
  5. We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
  6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
  7. We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
  8. We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
  9. We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
  10. We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  11. We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.