Introduction: Systematic Theology

John Bainbridge Webster

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The theological discipline to which this Handbook is devoted is variously identified as Christian doctrine, dogmatics, or systematic theology. It is characterized by a measure of internal contestation. The contests are generally of two kinds: material, that is, contests about the content of Christian claims to reality, which are the matter upon which systematic theology goes to work; and formal, that is, contests about the task, modes, and structure of systematic theology. This article deals with the formal elements of the discipline. The discussion here provides a skeletal account of the genesis and development of the discipline and helps place in context contemporary contests about its nature and tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology
EditorsJ. Webster, K. Tanner, I. Torrance
Place of PublicationOxford University Press/Oxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780199245765
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


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