Prolegomenon is a term derived from a Greek word that can be translated as "Preambles" . The concept is used to name the treaty which is located at beginning of a work with the intention of establishing the general foundations of that will be discussed below.
For example: “The sociologist explains in the prolegomenon of his test what do you mean by urban tribe?, "It is a book written with a language so complicated that it already baffled me from the prolegomenon", "In the prolegomenon of the tragedy, the emperor announces to his wife that he will defend the fortress or die in the attempt".
The notion of prolegomen can be associated with the idea of introduction or antecedent . In this case, a prolegomen can be formed by previous facts to a main event. If a journalist wants to make a chronicle about a political leader who wins an election and is elected as governor, he can affirm that the prolegomenon of his triumph included agreements with opposition forces and meetings with neighbors. This means that this background served for the success he obtained in the elections.
Prolegomena can also be a historical stage that precedes another. In this sense we can talk about the prolegomenon of democracy in a country or from the prolegomenon to the conquest of a territory.
Prolegomenon, on the other hand, is often used in colloquial language to mention a introduction or preparation that is excessive or unnecessary : “Why so much prolegomena? Don't waste time and tell me how I can help you ”, "Do not continue with the prolegomen, I will not forgive your brother".
In Christian theology
The religion Christian uses the term prolegomena to define fundamental theology, one that studies and presents the fundamental, basic and primary principles of theology (a company that aims to create a coherent system of practices and beliefs).
The theology Christian is based especially on the texts of the Old Testament and the New Testament, but also on the traditions of religion that have been collected throughout history. His practice includes the explanation of the content of the Bible through rational analysis, criticism and defense of the positions expressed therein, in order to promote Christianity.
The beginning to which the term prolegomena refers can be understood through theology, thanks also to comparing the Christian religion with other beliefs, defending it against criticism and objections, and everything results in Christianity being more likely to spread and cross borders .
The first prolegomen of Christianity can be considered contact with God, which can occur through active or passive communication. This revelation it does not always include God himself, but an angel can manifest himself, among other divine agents; The person who lives this experience is known by the name of prophet.
For Christians, the Bible was revealed in a divine way, which can be considered as a supernatural fact, as much as the inspiration of an artist. This type of revelation does not necessarily require the direct action of God or an agent; Roman Catholics, for example, called inside speech to the perception of an inner voice that only his receiver could hear.
The scriptures they can be considered the basis of Christian theology; each one of them is a prolegomenon, an antecedent of his study, of the formation of the pillars on which he rests today. A very relevant concept in this context is the biblical inspiration, the doctrine of theology that seeks to explain the origin of the Bible, especially studying what this set of books can teach them about it.