September 22, 2005

Scripture Over System

"...it is the duty of the theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what seems to him to be true or reasonable, but simply what the Bible teaches."
Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993), 2:559.

2 comments:

MacoMan said...

On the other hand, Tony, we take "simply what the Bible teaches" and systemize it. It is appropriate to the way we are created to synthesize what the Bible teaches and hold out the synthesis before some church authority in order for it to be acknowledged as true. We are once again back to another system. Well, it's something to think about. Hope you are well.

YnottonY said...

Hi Mike,

I know what you are saying, hence the "over" qualification. It's not the scriptures against system, but scriptures over system. I suspected that the sensitive systematizers would feel some ache in reading these words ;-)

Forming a theological system is inevitable. Further, I would say that forming a Christian worldview or system is a divine imperative. The mind of Christ is not less than a coherent view of reality, and we are to grow into his likeness mentally and otherwise. We should pursue theological coherence.

Thanks for your valid points...