Theologie ist verdächtig, Systematik noch mehr

For many Christians, words such as doctrine and theology – and especially systematic theology – conjure up images of intellectual pride, divisiveness, and the presumption that we can put God in a box, neatly explained by our categories and formulations.

Allerdings gibt Horton zu bedenken:

We can exhibit spiritual pride also in our experience or morality.

Wie wahr! Oft gehört ja gerade die aussergewöhnliche Erfahrung oder die überdurchschnittliche Moral zum Erkennungszeichen einer besonderen “Kaste”.

However, it is the goal of good theology to humble us before the triune God of majesty and grace.

Aus: Michael Horton. The Christian Faith – A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way. Zondervan: Grand Rapids 2001. (13)