This article makes use of the method called "via negativa" (the way of negation), which is a way of defining things by stating what they are not. Some of the statements made in this article are that Reformed theology is not a set of disconnected ideas, but is systematic; Reformed theology is not anthropocentric, but theocentric; it is not anti-catholic, where "catholic" refers to catholic Christianity.
This article discusses how to preach doctrine in a way that does not divide a congregation. It explains that the preacher should show how doctrine is textual, biblical, personal, proportional, and should be communicated in a loving way.
This article is an excerpt from Boyce's Abstract of Systematic Theology, on the advantages of studying theology systematically.
You are a theologian, for theology concerns your ideas about who God is, what he expects, and what your place in the world is. The question is, then, what kind of theology do you have?
This article considers a frequently asked question regarding doctrine and faith, with Romans 10:9 as its starting point.
This article considers the indispensability of true doctrine.
This chapter wants to make clear how sound doctrine helps us to read and teach the Bible wisely. Sound doctrine keeps us from inferring things from Scripture that are untrue. The Bible should be read as a single story; understanding the unity of that story is not always so simple. The chapter thus presents general rules for the reading and interpretation of Scripture.
Looking at the hesitance to use the word religion to describe the Christian faith, this article shows that opting to describe Christian faith as just a relationship with God does injustice to the faith. The author calls for a proper use of the word religion.
Looking at Luke 23:41-42, this article shows that the way Desiderius Erasmus treated the text did not do it justice. The dying thief who received forgiveness is not an example of "mere Christianity." The text shows that the thief knew a lot about Christ and His kingdom. The author of this article argues that the thief could have learned this from his childhood; thus, this text can be used to encourage parents in their parenting call.
The author begins by identifying the prevailing problem in the church today, that doctrine seems to be neglected. The "heart vs. head heresy" is cited as the problem. Consequently the author then traces where false doctrine harmed or was a potential harm to the church, and then considers the positive effects of sound doctrine. The author concludes by explaining the link and relationship between theory and practice, or doctrine and life.
In this introductory chapter Bray considers a few basic aspects of the nature and task of Christian theology. It includes what it means to know God, the nature and character of the sharing of this faith as a witness to others, the scope and limitations of [theology]], and the reasons for and solutions to theological disagreements.
The part of Chapter 1 presented here introduces the function and nature of church dogmas or doctrines. It naturally involves a discussion of the relationship between the authority of Scripture and the tradition of the church. In the Reformed tradition Scripture functions as the highest norm. The authors emphasizes the ecclesiastical and confessional character of dogmas.
This article seeks to show when theological error becomes heresy. It explains what are the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and the distinctions therein between error and heresy.