Results tagged “systematic theology” from Reformation21

How Should We Distinguish God's Attributes?

Article by   November 2019
There are many ways to think about God's attributes. They can be divided between those that say something positive about God and those that deny something negative about him, those that are communicable to creatures and those that are incommunicable, and those that are expressed ad intra and ad extra, among other possible divisions. Today, I will consider a related issue: Whether the divine attributes are distinct in God--as opposed to being one and the same thing--and how we out to describe that distinction, if indeed it exists. continue

Cornelius Van Til and Classic Reformed Theism

Article by   April 2018
While Cornelius Van Til was creatively constructive in his application of Reformed theology to apologetics, he was standing on the shoulders of giants. continue

Lectures in Systematic Theology: The Doctrine of God

Article by   February 2017
With the release of Lectures in Systematic Theology: the Doctrine of God, Greg Nichols has given us a feast that is marvelously pastoral and practical, deeply theological and consistently exegetical. continue

Biblical proportion and balance

Article by   December 2014
The primary service which Systematic Theology performs for the preacher is to provide him with his message. But that's not all. It should also give his message biblical proportion and balance. After all, it is only too easy to ride hobby-horses, as witness the story of the old Presbyterian minister whose sermons invariably had the simple headings, 'First, a word about the text. Secondly, a word of application. Thirdly, a word about infant baptism.' continue

Is Systematic Theology Any Use?

Article by   November 2014
Of any use to whom? Ideally, of course, to the whole world. But imagine yourself walking into a Systematic Theology classroom. Look at the students, and ponder their futures. A few will become academic theologians. Some more will be missionaries. But most will be pastors and preachers. What use is Systematic Theology to them? continue

What do Systematic Theologians talk about?

Article by   October 2014
The short answer is that they talk about exactly the same things as Biblical Theologians. As we have already noted, however, while Biblical Theology traces the progressive revelation of the divine mind, pausing over the contribution of each individual era and each individual biblical writer, Systematic Theology assumes that salvation-history has come to an end and that in the Scriptures we now have God's last word (for the present). Its subject-matter, then, is 'the whole counsel of God'. continue

Biblical versus Systematic Theology?

Article by   September 2014
Systematic Theology is often contrasted unfavourably with the relatively new discipline of Biblical Theology. The very terminology immediately sets Systematics at a disadvantage, as if Biblical Theology alone were 'biblical' and anything that sets out to be 'systematic' should be viewed with profound suspicion. continue

Results tagged “systematic theology” from Reformation21 Blog

Making Distinctions

Article by   November 2019
There are many ways to think about God's attributes. They can be divided between those that affirm something about God and those that deny something about God, those that are communicable to creatures (i.e. can exist in or be communicated to... continue

Discussing God's Attributes

Article by   October 2019
Is the conversation about God's attributes "old fashioned" and "western"?  Regarding systematic theology, one often encounters the critique that the logical ordering of various topics is "western" or "Greek" or "academic"--all of which are really meant as synonyms for "bad"... continue

Turretin's Treasure

Article by   April 2019
Many years ago, at one of the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, Allan Fisher gave me (a poor doctoral student at the time) one of the best gifts that an aspiring student of theology could ever receive:... continue

How One Book Changed My Life (Part 2)

Article by   September 2018
In addition to modeling and teaching submission to the Word of God, Petrus van Mastricht--in the recently translated prolegomena of his Theoretical-Practical Theology--powerfully corrected my thinking on the relation of reason and theology.Reason is incorporated into theology. First and foremost, Mastricht taught... continue

Understanding Theology Proper

Article by   June 2018
With the first verse in the Bible, we are confronted with the necessity of the interpretive priority of theology proper (i.e., answering that and what God is) to account for the economy (i.e., answering that and what God does): "In the beginning... continue

Defining Creation

Article by   May 2018
What is creation? Quite often, when asked that question, everyday Christians would immediately direct attention to what has been made. One might say, "Look at the vast sky above, with its moon and stars, its sun and clouds which... continue

Cornelius Van Til and Classic Reformed Theism

Article by   April 2018
Cornelius Van Til, former professor of Christian apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, professed to have stood on the shoulders of classic Reformed theological giants such as Abraham Kuyper, Benjamin B. Warfield, and Herman Bavinck.1 While not... continue

Borrowed Conviction

Article by   December 2016
It has happened a few times before. It happened again recently. Someone without a good church gets in touch, referred by a mutual friend. Or someone drops an email asking for advice. Or there is a conversation at a... continue

The Hidden Omnipresence of the One Lord

Article by   March 2016
In the first of this series, and last time, I set out to explore Professor Katherine Sonderegger's Systematic Theology, Volume 1: The Doctrine of God. Having established the meaning of the fundamental and perfect Oneness of God, she next turns to the... continue

Katherine Sonderegger and the Divine Oneness as Foundational Perfection

Article by   November 2015
Last time, I proposed to share with you my 'reading notes' on Katherine Sonderegger's new Systematic Theology, Volume 1: The Doctrine of God. There are plenty of big books in the world to which one could commit cash and time. Why... continue

Katherine Sonderegger and the Divine Oneness of God

Article by   October 2015
I've been slowly working my way through Katherine Sonderegger's Systematic Theology Volume 1: The Doctrine of God.  Released this year, it is the sort of book that pastor-theologians or theological students could make the focus of a reading group. It... continue

Dogmatics and doxology

Article by   October 2015
I have the delightful day job of teaching systematic or dogmatic theology. The study and teaching of systematic theology is delightful because systematic theology is preeminently concerned with the Bible, the living and loving address of the Most High God... continue

Justification and Ariel's Grotto

Article by   July 2015
Systematic theology must make sure that each doctrine it teaches is biblical. It must also make sure that each doctrine it teaches reflects an appropriate proportion and order in relationship to other doctrines. This proportion and order is determined by... continue

Law and Gospel

Article by   May 2008
It seems increasingly to me that one of the challenges facing theologians and preachers in the Reformed tradition is to explicate the statement of the Westminster Confession of Faith that 'neither are the forementioned uses of the law contrary to... continue

Interview with David Wells

Article by   April 2008
Roger Overton interviews David Wells (part 1, part 2) about his new book, The Courage to Be Protestant.... continue
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