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Theology has nothing to fear from thorough, multifaceted research

22 Jun

Bavinck, H., John Bolt, and John Vriend. Reformed Dogmatics 2, God and Creation / Herman Bavinck ; John Bolt, General Ed. ; John Vriend, Transl. [from the Dutch]. Reformed Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2004.

So as Christians and as theologians we await with some confidence the certain results of the natural sciences. Theology has nothing to fear from thorough, multifaceted research. It only needs to be on its guard against attaching too much value to a study that is still completely new, imprecise, and incomplete; it therefore is constantly being augmented with conjectures and suspicions. It needs to be on its guard against making premature concessions to, and to seek agreement with, the so-called scientific results that can at any time be knocked down and exposed in their untenability by more thorough research. As the science of divine and eternal things, theology must be patient until the science that contradicts it has made a deeper and broader study of its field and, as happens in most cases, corrects itself. In that manner theology upholds its dignity and honor more effectively than by constantly yielding and adapting itself to the opinions of the day. (pg. 507)

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One response to “Theology has nothing to fear from thorough, multifaceted research

  1. Matt

    23/06/2012 at 4:20 am

    Great quote.

     

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