Das Studium der Philosophie ist essentiell, um die zeitgenössische Theologie zu verstehen

Theology lost its undisputed control and became dependent on philosophy. Consequently, it experienced the influence of Descartes and Wolff, of Kant and Fichte, and of Hegel and Schelling. It has now come so far that it is impossible to know and understand theological positions without serious examination of the philosophical positions to which they have attached themselves. One could almost say that the study of philosophy is as essential for understanding the principles of contemporary theology as that of the theology itself.

Herman Bavinck. The Theology of Albrecht Ritschl. (1888)