His father, a parson , died from tuberculosis when Lewis was 11 years old, and his mother supported the family by teaching school and keeping boarders in the family home. Here he discovered a talent for music and choir. Reed of Ohio. They were married April 22, and formed a traveling evangelistic music ministry, he singing or preaching and she playing the organ. Their marriage lasted until she died in Ministry[ edit ] Ordained in by a Council of Congregational Ministers in the First Congregational Church in Buffalo and in he ministered as an evangelist in the Presbytery of Troy in Massachusetts and became associated with the ministry of Cyrus Scofield , who became his mentor.
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Method[ edit ] With a methodological tradition that differs somewhat from biblical theology , systematic theology draws on the core sacred texts of Christianity, while simultaneously investigating the development of Christian doctrine over the course of history, particularly through philosophy, ethics, social sciences, and even natural sciences. Using biblical texts, it attempts to compare and relate all of scripture which led to the creation of a systematized statement on what the whole Bible says about particular issues.
Even with such diversity, it is generally the case that works that one can describe as systematic theologies to begin with revelation and conclude with eschatology. Since it is focused on truth, systematic theology is also framed to interact with and address the contemporary world.
The framework developed by these theologians involved a review of postbiblical history of a doctrine after first treating the biblical materials. Categories[ edit ] Since it is a systemic approach, systematic theology organizes truth under different headings  and there are ten basic areas or categories , although the exact list may vary slightly.
History[ edit ] The establishment and integration of varied Christian ideas and Christianity-related notions, including diverse topics and themes of the Bible, in a single, coherent and well-ordered presentation is a relatively late development. In the 19th century, primarily in Protestant circles, a new kind of systematic theology arose: the attempt to demonstrate that Christian doctrine formed a more tightly coherent system grounded in some core axiom or axioms.
Such theologies often involved a more drastic pruning and reinterpretation of traditional belief in order to cohere with the axiom or axioms. In this view, systematic theology is complementary to biblical theology.
Biblical theology traces the themes chronologically through the Bible, while systematic theology examines themes topically; biblical theology reflects the diversity of the Bible, while systematic theology reflects its unity. However, there are some contemporary systematic theologians of an evangelical persuasion who would question this configuration of the discipline of systematic theology. First, instead of being a systematic exploration of theological truth, when systematic theology is defined in such a way as described above, it is synonymous with biblical theology.
In sum, these theologians argue that systematic and biblical theology are two separate, though related, disciplines. Second, some systematic theologians claim that evangelicalism itself is far too diverse to describe the above approach as "the" evangelical viewpoint.
The term can also be used to refer to theology which self-avowedly seeks to perpetuate the classical traditions of thematic exploration of theology described above — often by means of commentary upon the classics of those tradition: the Damascene, Aquinas, John Calvin , Melanchthon and others.
Notable systematic theologians[ edit ].
Systematic Theology (8 vols.)
Lewis Sperry Chafer
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