Systematic Theology as “Bible Doctrines”

Christopher A. Stephenson

in Types of Pentecostal Theology

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916795
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980284 | DOI:


Systematic Theology as “Bible Doctrines”

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Chapter 1 concerns the method of “Bible doctrines,” in which systematic theology is little more than the topical arrangement of the biblical texts. The representatives of this approach are Myer Pearlman (d. 1943), E. S. Williams (d. 1981), and French L. Arrington. This methodology is essentially a simplified type of biblical studies presented within the topical structure of traditional systematic theology. The representatives often reduce biblical texts to propositions followed by a list of supporting scripture references. They usually produce flat readings of scripture that tend to give equal weight to all statements in the Bible, inasmuch as they read all statements as the inspired Word of God. In short, they focus theological method on biblical interpretation.

Keywords: Myer Pearlman; E. S. Williams; French L. Arrington; Biblical Interpretation

Chapter.  6782 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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