Friday, December 5, 2008

Wisdom from Schaeffer

Our forefathers used the term systematic theology to express their view that Christianity is not a series of isolated religious statements, but that it has a beginning and flows on to an end. Each part relates to each other part and to the whole, and to what stands first in the system. It is perfectly possible that such a systematic understanding of Christianity can become a dead thing, but let us not despise the word systematic as if it were automatically a dead corpse.

-Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There, p. 113


Anthony said...

Whoa, now - stop making me think. That gets in the way of my warm fuzzy feelings.

Doug Groothuis said...

I just reread The God... in the collected works, hardback edition (quite a find from Amazon) and was--once again--struck by this quote. Truth is one; God is one; the Gospel is one. Incoherence--even in the name of "authenticity"--is severely overrated.

Sarah Geis said...


Thank you. I love that quote!