Systematic Theology

Systematic Versus Biblical Theology

Systematic Versus Biblical Theology

The late, Robert Raymond, in his massive A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith argues that Systematic Theology views “the Holy Scriptures as a completed revelation, in distinction from the disciplines of...biblical theology, which approach the Scriptures as an unfolding revelationthe systematic theologian views Scriptures as completed revelation.a

I am not certain about his distinction and/or whether he is taking a cheap shot at biblical theology, but I find the distinction unhelpful. The assumption is that biblical theology does not see the Bible as complete since it is dealing with an unfolding narrative. But the best of biblical theology sees the Bible as an unfolding complete drama. There is nothing more to be added, but there is plenty to consume again and again. In other words, BT sees narratives within narratives, which provide the theologian a richer engagement with the text. While ST are content with arranging the furniture pieces of the Bible in proper order. BT sees the supposed chaos of the furniture pieces as purposeful arrangements to be appreciated and re-arranged through the expectation and arrival of Messiah.

  1. Raymond, xxv  (back)
Dr. Robert L. Reymond is with Christ

Dr. Robert L. Reymond is with Christ

The very meticulous systematician, Robert L. Reymond, is now with the Lord. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Reymond briefly during a lunch break at a Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Fl. He was best known for his New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith (1998).  I have used it continually over the years for my studies. His detailed references a

Reymond was an ordained minister in Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Find a list of available resources by Dr. Reymond at The Gospel Coalition. Also, check out his Sermon Audio page for .mp3s of his sermons and lectures. Amazon.com has a list of several of his books.

  1. His Clarkian styled logic was evident in every page of his labors. ((See http://theaquilareport.com/breaking-news-dr-robert-l-reymond-has-died/  (back)