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Working Through Systematic Theology

I've been working through my systematic theology book. I'm ten chapters into it, about 150 pages. Most of what I've read so far is pretty foundational, basic, and non-controversial. Most, but not all.

So far, I've been enjoying working through this. It's been making me think. I find myself arguing with the book -- which I love to do. Right now, I've got two bookmarks in the book -- one to mark as far as I've read, and another to mark as far as I've answered the end-of-chapter questions. Hopefully, I'll catch back up soon, but I find that I'm doing more of my reading just before going to bed, and it's not convenient to go back downstairs to type up the answers to the questions. So I've fallen a little behind. I'm going to catch up on a chapter of two of questions now, before I go to bed.

Sometimes (a lot of times), I wish I could spend more time wrestling with books like this. Thinking about theological matters. Being more actively involved in ministry. It's frustrating having to go to my day job, devoting so much of my energy to work, and leaving me drained at the end of the day. This has been a good weekend -- I haven't thought about work at all, I ran, I hiked, I rested. My chores around the house are getting neglected, so I need to pay more attention to that, but I really needed these two days to renew myself. I'm looking forward to a week as a summer camp counselor. I think that will be a good vacation, too.


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Jul. 16th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
What's the name of the book? You can't leave out vital information like that.
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
It's Wayne Grudem's Sytematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. When I write about my dealings with it, I'll continue to use the systematic theology tag, so you can follow along my journey if you like. Most of my systematic theology tagged posts will be private, though, 'cause they're the written responses to the end-of-chapter questions in the book and I'm busy enough wrestling with the book and don't want it to bleed over into wrestling with my journal readers, too (yet, anyway). I don't know, maybe occasionally I'll end up tossing an idea or question out more publicly, but so far, the questions have been more appropriate for individual study.

I originally talked about the book a few weeks ago, when I bought it, and it sparked a bit of discussion.
Jul. 16th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Have you ever checked out the Apostolic Fathers? It contains writings from Christians right after the New Testament, several of whom knew the apostles personally. The various writings in the collection reads rather like the New Testament itself, especially the epistles of Ignatius of Antioch (a disciple of John). It's not exactly systematic, but wonderful reading.

There are many editions, I prefer the Sparks edition linked above for its voluminous Biblical cross-references and readable translation.

Heck, if you're interested, I actually have two copies, both in practically new condition, and I'd be willing to mail one to you.
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
I've actually got an electronic copy of it as part of my Bible software, but I've done little more than glance at it. Don't send me a copy yet -- I'm so "backlogged" on reading that it will be quite a while before I could really get to it. Once I work through a few other books, though, I might reach out and see if you still have that extra copy (but don't hold it for me, either).
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Very good. Good luck with your reading.
Jul. 16th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
very interesting. I would love to know some of the questions you are considering. i miss having real discussions about the finer points of theology. so many just end up a battle of opinions instead of careful consideration of context (both biblical and cultural) and an opportunity to meditate on the profundities of God.
Jul. 16th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Well, keep watching my systematic theology tag. I'm sure some of them will bubble up from time to time. ;-)
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