Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline

Thanks to Jason Hood, I just came across a cool article by Michael Williams of Covenant Theological Seminary on biblical and systematic theology.

Michael Williams, “Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline,” in All for Jesus: A Celebration of the 50th Annivesary of Covenant Theological Seminary, eds. R.A. Paterson and S.M. Lucas (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian Focus, 2005), 167-96.

Really appreciate the Vosian approach to the subject!

For my students who roll their eyes whenever I speak down on the theological method of Wayne Grudem, this essay vindicates the types of concerns that I raise in class (albeit often ad nauseum).

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  • John

    Surely theology begins with a thorough-going investigation into the nature of the always now present-time Reality.
    Via E=MC2 every school child now knows that matter is light, matter is energy, everything is energy. Light is not caused by anything, it is indivisible, it is the ground and substance of everything.
    Likewise if you examination the various levels/dimensions of your mind emotions and thoughts there is simply Consciousness It-Self, Prior to the body-mind. It cant be reduced. It has no cause. It’s fundamental Reality.
    Consciousness and Light.
    Light, the root of everything objective.
    Consciousness, the root of everything subjective.
    And they are One.
    That is Reality and thus the root basis for any kind of Reality based theology.

    • Kenneth Litwak

      This reductionist view that proposes a realityconsciouisness, fact/faith dichotomy is exactly the claim of the Enlightenment. It has been shown to be fallacious by many before me, to the extent that I would have hoped the view was dead. Apparenlty my hopes are in vain.

  • g

    I would love to hear more about your thoughts on Grudem’s method. Seriously. Any links?

  • Caio Peres

    I´ve been wanting to read more about systematic theology in relation to biblical theology. Too bad I can´t access this site. Can you put that article online on your blog? And also would be a good idea to read your own thoughts on that.

  • Craig Beard

    I, too, am interested in your thoughts on Grudem’s theological method. I haven’t read Grudem and thus don’t know what his method is. However, he seems to be popular among several of my friends (I even think that for some of them quoting Grudem should end an argument). Thanks, Mike.

  • Derek Rishmawy


    PS. In comparison, Horton v. Grudem, I think Horton wins hands down, especially in engaging the eschatological and biblical-theological shape of theological loci. Still, any thoughts on his new Systematic theology? See it?

  • Jesse Reese

    Perhaps some would see me as irreverent and overconfident in my analysis of “scholarly” texts, or maybe it is just that my first introduction to Christian academia was through biblical studies. But upon first reading Grudem in my Systematics class, before I knew anything about how popular he was, I thought that his textbook was laughable and unworthy of serious academic consideration. This article summarizes the same reasons that I reacted this way. Just seems like a lazy attempt to “simplify” reading the Bible to me.