Systematic Theology

Authored by: Kevin J. Vanhoozer

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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Systematic theology focuses on the logos (reasoned discourse) of theos (God), setting out the varied ideas of the Christian faith in a coherent, comprehensive, and well-ordered manner. Its task is “to articulate the content of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the context of a particular culture” (Clark 2003: 33). The motivation behind systematic theology is as ancient as the Evangelist's desire to produce “an orderly account” of the events concerning Jesus Christ, so that God-lovers (“Theophilus”) everywhere would know the truth about what they had been taught (Luke 1:1–4). The urge to provide an integrated, comprehensive, and coherent description of what Christians believe is the significance of the events concerning Jesus Christ is part and parcel of faith's search for understanding, yet the search has produced a variety of orderly accounts: not only chronological and geographical, but also topical and logical.

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