Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Biblical theology = ascertain and state the facts of scripture
Systematic theology = "take those facts, determine their relation to each other and to other cognate truths, as well as to vindicate them and show their harmony and consistency."
Why is systematic theology needed?
"Such is the constitution of the human mind that it cannot help endeavoring to systematize and reconcile the facts which it admits to be true. In no department of knowledge have men been satisfied with the possession of a mass of undigested facts. And the students of the Bible can as little be expected to be thus satisfied."
"We cannot know what God has revealed in his Word unless we understand, at least in some good measure, the relation in which the separate truths therein contained stand to each other."
"Although the Scriptures do not contain a system of theology as a whole, we have in the Epistles of the New Testament, portions of that system wrought out to our hands. These are our authority and guide."