- Systematic theology is essentially a topical study in which all the
portions of Scripture bearing on particular topics or doctrinal truths
are organized and brought together in a cohesive and coherent whole.
Gerhard Vos does a nice job of distinguishing and correlating
systematic theology (dogmatics) with bibilical theology.
Systematic theology establishes the overall framework of biblical
doctrine within which we may interpret and understand individual
passages of Scripture. Without systematic theology we cannot
effectively assert the inerrancy of Scripture, because we would not
be comparing Scripture with Scripture in seeking the whole counsel
of God on the matter before us. Nonetheless, some view dogmatics as
both restrictive and biased; they believe it leads to a distortion of
Scripture. Others believe that systematic theology precludes
distortions and inconsistencies. The page on Studying the Bible addresses that issue further.
I adapted and
edited the Five Points article below on behalf
of and under the guidance of A. Bernard Kuiper back in 1983. It
was this series of sermons that confronted me with the truth of
Scripture, and served as one means by which Pastor Kuiper led me to
Christ. If there are any errors or misstatements in it, they are mine
and not his.