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Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology is a discipline which addresses theological topics one by one (e.g. God, Sin, Humanity) and attempts to summarize all the biblical teaching on each particular subject. Systematic theology answers the question, "What does the whole Bible teach us about any given topic?" The goal of Systematic Theology is to present the major themes (i.e. doctrines) of the Christian faith in an organized and ordered overview that remains faithful to the biblical witness.

A danger we face in Bible interpretation is a tendency to assign definitions to terms or words based on a few passages and then read that meaning everywhere the word or term is used. An important goal of Systematic Theology is to draw a clear description of what the Bible teaches about a particular doctrine.

Systematic theology also has major implications in the area of interpreting scripture. For example, the doctrine of the Trinity is not gathered from one passage of the Bible. Instead, the Trinity is an authoritative interpretation of what all of scripture says about that subject.

Some see Systematic Theology as a stand along method of study and others see it as complementary to the other major schools such as Biblical, Covenant and Dispensationalism. Below are the major areas of Systematic Theology and each of these major topics can be subdivided.

Areas of Systematic Theology

Bibliology (Bible)
Theology Proper (God)
Anthropology (Man)
Christology (Christ)
Soteriology (Salvation)
Pneumatology (Holy Spirit)
Ecclesiology (Church, Christian life)
Eschatology (Prophecy, End times)

It is suggestion of Four Soils Ministry that our students do as much research as possibility on the major schools of Theology and key Biblical doctrines. We have initiated an introduction to twelve of each, one of each with each study module. Our intent is just to plant the seeds of interest for our students to continue their studies well beyond our Bible Study program.

These topics on theology and doctrine are here to give a quick overview and encourage a deeper study.