Saturday, May 21, 2011

Contrast of the Day

Instead of gloating over the failed "rapture prediction" nonsense, thought I'd instead try out my new iPad blogging App with a "contrast of the day".

"The freely acting God Himself and alone is the truth of revelation. Our dogmatic labours can and should be guided by results which are venerable because they are attained in the common knowledge of the Church at a specific time. Such results may be seen in the dogmas enshrined in the creeds. But at no point should these replace our dogmatic labours in virtue of their authority. Nor can it ever be the real concern of dogmatics merely to assemble, repeat and define the teaching of the Bible" (Karl Barth, CD I.1 §1, p.15-16)
“What is systematic theology? Many different definitions have been given, but for the purposes of this book the following definition will be used: Systematic theology is any study that answers the question, "What does the whole Bible teach us today?" about any given topic. This definition indicates that systematic theology involves collecting and understanding all the relevant passages in the Bible on various topics and then summarizing their teachings clearly so that we know what to believe about each topic” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21)
Who is right? There is only one way to find out! FIGHT! (to the humourless: this is an allusion to something Harry Hill says, not an actual call to arms for violence)


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