What Systematic Theology Is About

Robert W. Jenson

in Systematic Theology

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145984
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848980 | DOI:
What Systematic Theology Is About

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The chapter provides an analysis and characterization of theology and distinguishes “systematic theology” from other subdisciplines. The chapter states that theology is a continuing consultation and is not the adding of proposition to proposition in the steady construction of a planned structured knowledge. It is further explained that theology is a reflection to do something, and the thing to be done is to carry on with a specified message, whether as proclamatory word from God or as appeal of petition and praise to God, and whether with the signs of a language or with the gestures and meaningful objects of sacrament and sacrifice. Theology is “hermeneutic” besides being “practical” and “speculative.”

Keywords: theology; systematic theology; subdisciplines; God; hermeneutic

Chapter.  10614 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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