Biblical and Systematic Theology, Both/And

Tuesday, 01 May 2012

The Bible is not a dogmatic handbook but a historical book full of dramatic interest," argued the Dutch-American theologian Geerhardus Vos (1862’1949). But this is not to dismiss out of hand "dogmatics" or the enterprise known as "systematic theology." Instead, serious students of the Bible should employ both methods as mutually supportive for growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Avoiding a handbook approach, Vos utilized the classic distinction between systematic theology that draws a circle and biblical theology that draws a line. Explanation of geek-speak: This ...

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