Systematic Theology: The Complete Three Volumes

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The idea that the data of Scripture are instances of data of a natural scientific kind is not one that Hodge entertained.

It uses the individual data furnished by exegesis, in a word, not crudely, not independently for itself, but only after these data have been worked up into Biblical Theology and have received from it their final coloring and subtlest shades of meaning - in other words, only in their true sense, and after Exegetics has said its last word upon them. Bray’s approach is unique in that (1) he has organized an entire systematic theology around the love of God and (2) he cites nothing but the Bible. Finally, Vanhoozer claims that in virtue of the first and second of these practices Hodge is predisposed to construe the content of the Bible as propositional teaching.

A major historical work in defence of old-school Presbyterian doctrine and practice, The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, appeared in 1840. lives in communion of faith with the church of Christ and confesses Scripture as the only and sufficient basis ( principium ) of the knowledge of God, Accordingly, the dogmatician receives the content of his faith from the hands of the church'. In making these observations (so it seems to me) Hodge is far from being the fuddy-duddy that he is nowadays reckoned to be, but instead has his finger firmly on the pulse of things.

But the words cited (whatever exactly they mean) are not Bavinck's but are taken from the synopsis of Chapter 12 of the English translation of Reformed Dogmatics and are written by the editor, Professor John Bolt, who nowhere there mentions Hodge. So for Hodge the facts to which the systematic theologian attends are already ‘laden’ with the conclusions of the biblical theologian. Only if we take the term Theology in its more primitive and simple meaning, as the practical, historic knowledge of God imparted by revelation and deposited in the Bible, can we justify the use of the now commonly accepted name of our science. So Hodge's appeal to scientific induction is an analogical argument: as facts are to scientific induction, so the facts of Scripture are to the inductive reasoning of the theologian.

Web icon An illustration of a computer application window Wayback Machine Texts icon An illustration of an open book. The speculative method, Hodge says, 'assumes, in an a priori manner, certain principles and from them undertakes to determine what is and what must be. Pages 680 Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Ppi 500 Scandate 20080722201734 Scanfactors 12 Scanner scribe3. Following his father’s untimely death a few years after he was born, Charles and his brother were raised by their godly widowed mother. So whatever defects ‘propositional theology’ might nowadays be thought to have, one cannot, I think, reasonably charge Charles Hodge with proposing that the appreciation of revealed truth should be dry or detached.

As Professor of Oriental and Biblical Literature, Hodge’s primary responsibility was instruction in biblical languages, hermeneutics, biblical criticism, and study of Old Testament texts. Systematic Theology is not a concatenation of the scattered theological data furnished by the exegetic process; it is the combination of the already concatenated data given to it by Systematic Theology.The good news is there are plenty of good resources that have served the church well and will strengthen your understanding of the faith. To set the context of this biography, it is important to realize how Hodge has become a whipping boy for contemporary theologians. So the Bible contains the truths which the theologian has to collect, authenticate, arrange and exhibit in their internal relation to each other.

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