Five Things that Must be Considered when Doing Systematic TheologyPosted: October 11, 2010
As one of my mentors taught me, and I teach my students this week…
1) Systematic theology must be biblical, Scripture must be its primary source. All must be subordinate to Scripture, the final court of appeal. It contains inherent authority for systematic theology.
2) Systematic theology is systematic; in systematic theology we draw upon the whole of the Bible, which studies the progression of doctrine and revelation and bring that to bear on systematic. It builds on exegesis, and attempts to relate portions to one another and coalesce into a whole. It was considered to be the queen of the sciences in the Puritan era.
3) It should be largely church-oriented, as search for biblical understanding in the context of ministry and missions; it is properly task theology, hammered out in light of the challenges posed by the Great Commission.
4) Systematic theology must be contemporary. Takes timeless issues that make sense today and restate those biblical materials that doesn’t distort them but is still contemporary. Great balance is needed upon biblical principles, accurate hermeneutical principles on how to interpret the Scriptures. When we do that, we have to take into account past formulations in the Scriptures.
5) Systematic theology must be practical, it is concerned about theology and stating truth, truth always has practical consequences.