Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Culver Quotes

Before the quotes, however, I want to bring attention to another encouraging post from Bob Robinson at Vanguard Church. After identifying popular, contemporary evangelicalism's misuse of Scripture (yet again), Bob closes his latest post by reminding us of the cosmic significance and scope of the work of Christ in the Gospel. Why do we continue to force the Scripture to speak from the perspective of American Nationalism? After reading his latest post, scroll to the post entitled: American Patriotism and the Bible and read Greg Boyd's review of the latest "gimmick Bible" that has hit the shelves. This "Bible" would be absolutely ridiculous if it wasn't so potentially dangerous.

Christopher Culver quotes from his book, "Speak Lord: Learning to Listen to the Bible".

God’s self-revelation is historically framed and conditioned. The Bible is not a collection of religious, doctrinal, and theological statements; rather, it is an inspired record of and commentary upon God’s ongoing interactions with the world through the movement of human history. The Bible is an historical account, spanning all of history from the point of creation to the end of the present world and into the eternal state.

At the same time, it is not a haphazard and disconnected collection of historical events and people, as one might expect to find in a classroom history text. The Bible has a cohesive and purposeful storyline: From the opening verses of Genesis, it has a specific destination in mind, and everything it contains is recorded precisely because it contributes to the development of its “story” as it advances toward its predetermined goal (pg. 12-13).

The biblical text demonstrates that divine revelation is incarnate in history. It doesn’t simply occur in history. It has its identity and lives, grows and matures in history. Indeed, history is itself revelatory, for it is nothing except the observable outworking in time and space of God’s eternal and sovereign purposes (pg. 13).

To paraphrase Vos, Biblical Theology is the theological discipline concerned with God’s self-revelation in the Bible, but specifically from the vantage point of the organized and harmonious process by which God progressively unfolds it within the upward movement of human history (pg. 15)

…Biblical Theology seeks to examine God’s self-revelation in the Bible according to the structure and form in which the Bible presents it. Systematic Theology is concerned with categories of theological truths and the content that belongs in those categories; Biblical Theology is concerned with theological content as the Bible reveals and develops it within the movement of its own inspired storyline (pg. 15).

12 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

'God’s self-revelation is historically framed and conditioned. The Bible is not a collection of religious, doctrinal, and theological statements; rather, it is an inspired record of and commentary upon God’s ongoing interactions with the world through the movement of human history. The Bible is an historical account, spanning all of history from the point of creation to the end of the present world and into the eternal state.
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Good point.

…Biblical Theology seeks to examine God’s self-revelation in the Bible according to the structure and form in which the Bible presents it. Systematic Theology is concerned with categories of theological truths and the content that belongs in those categories; Biblical Theology is concerned with theological content as the Bible reveals and develops it within the movement of its own inspired storyline (pg. 15).

Or it could be stated, philosophical theology systematizes Biblical theology.

Cheers.

Greg said...

Good point, GGM! The Bible has a wonderful, engaging plot and a single Author. It's so awesome to think that God has a divine purpose for all His Creation.

Great Googly Moogly! said...

Thanks Russ. I never thought of "philosophical theology" before, but your statement sounds intriguing.

Welcome back Greg! I'll shoot over to your place sometime this weekend.

GGM

thekingpin68 said...

"philosophical theology"

I suppose this relates to both systematic theology and philosophy of religion.

Happy Sunday my friend.

satire and theology said...

This just in...

Subject: Fw: Quote of the Day.

I've always wondered why, now I know........
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God made man before woman so as to give him time to think
Of an answer for her first question.

satire and theology said...

I replied on s&t. Take care my friend and relax.;)

satire and theology said...

'Welcome back Greg! I'll shoot over to your place sometime this weekend.

GGM'

Yea, but please don't shoot that cat.;)

Great Googly Moogly! said...

Darn! I was just thinking about getting a BB gun to take care of it. :-(

satire and theology said...

A name for a pub with good food...Lion's Fowl.

Thanks for the blog compliment.

thekingpin68 said...

I am glad that satire and theology author is not on your blog friends list like I am, as he is kind of shady. He copied my blog template and then just changed the colours to cover his tracks.

Your friend,

Uncle Kingpin

satire and theology said...

It sucks having an identical twerp, I mean twin.

Great Googly Moogly! said...

It's not the "identical twin", its the King (kingpin68) and his Court Jester (S&T). :-)