Yesterday this was sitting on my twitter feed.
I listened to it on my way home from work yesterday and then actually woke up wondering something about systematic theology but what I was trying to ask didn’t really fit into a tweet.
It was an interesting discussion. In theory, I’m in favor of the basic conclusions that the two disciplines must work together and continue a dialog. However, on a practical level, I’m a little mad at systematic theology. I have a degree in bible and theology from a conservative bible college. We had a full regimen of both systematic and biblical theology. We had bible classes which covered every book of the bible, and we had theology classes, all of them, Theology proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Soteriology, Hamartiology, Angelology, Eccesiology, and Eschatology.
Even then, the theology and insights gained when expositing a passage a scripture made far more sense than the disjointed proof-texting that seemed to be going on in our theology classes. Maybe the incoherence had more to do with the fundamental ideologies they were trying to uphold, I don’t know.
My question is: Can you redeem systematic theology for me? Are there insights that we have gained from systematic theology that we wouldn’t have otherwise? If so, what are a couple of good examples?
Thank you to anyone who would be willing to discuss this further!