Systematic Theology is useful for looking at the parts that comprise the whole. But it is not as useful for looking at those characteristics that are located in the whole of theology, those properties that cannot be explained by the parts.
- sys·tem·at·ic (def 1, American Heritage Dictionary) Of, characterized by, based on, or constituting a system.
- re·duc·tion·ism ( American Heritage Dictionary) n. An attempt or tendency to explain a complex set of facts, entities, phenomena, or structures by another, simpler set
- sys·tem (def 1, American Heritage Dictionary) A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.
- ho·lism (def 1, American Heritage Dictionary) The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
Links to Consider
Introduction to Systems Theology
Comment on "Friends in Conversation" challenging a move from systematic to systems theology
Dr. Alex Tang on theology
Tag(s): systems theology systematic theology
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