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Systematic Theology: The Complete Three Volumes

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We can draw inferences from them, as Hodge shows from this example: ‘It is a fact that the Scriptures attribute omniscience to Christ. So the source may rather be Kuyper's Encyclopaedia of Theology, (1898) the second volume of which has been translated for longer. The textbook that Alexander used, and then Hodge used, was Francis Turretin's Systematic Theology, three volumes.

There are two elements to Hodge's Systematic Theology that are not always brought together well by theologians.This new edition captures the full essence of Hodge's theology, minus the more esoteric material and untranslated Latin quotations. unscientific for the theologian to assume a theory as to the nature of virtue, of sin, of liberty, or moral obligation, and then explain the facts of Scripture in accordance with his theories. In making these observations (so it seems to me) Hodge is far from being the fuddy-duddy that he is nowadays reckoned to be, but instead has his finger firmly on the pulse of things. There is a table over there' is 'laden' with the theory of the spatio-temporal location of middle-sized artefacts. An unlikely bestseller, but if you find a college student reading systematic theology for fun, he’s probably reading Grudem.

by the inductive method applied to Scripture) that the relation of these Biblical facts to each other, the principles involved in them, are in the facts themselves. It is something infinitely higher than Theology, a world of spiritual realities, into which all true theologians are led by the Spirit of the living God. Coming Soon: Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley, Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume One: Revelation and God (March 2019) (the first volume of a multi-volume work) and Robert Letham, Systematic Theology (November 2019).

The arguments for historic theology of the Reformed theology are sound and give a fair presentation of contrary thought.

Professor Vanhoozer first alleges that Hodge presupposes a subject-object dichotomy in which the mind observes mind-independent facts in which the situation of the interpreter is irrelevant. In divine revelation word and fact are always connected; it does not merely convey facts that we have to explain, but it itself clearly illumines those facts.With only 5 to 10 minutes a day, you could read through an entire systematic theology in the course of a year. Secondly, Vanhoozer charges that in Hodge’s approach there is a dichotomy between fact and theory, for Hodge (it is said) does not take any account of the 'theory-ladenness' of data. Yes, it’s often a distillation of Bavinck, but you will not find a better one-volume systematic theology in the Reformed tradition. Theory-ladenness is, I think, the idea that all factual statements, but particularly those that enter into scientific reasoning, imply some theory or other. So Hodge's appeal to scientific induction is an analogical argument: as facts are to scientific induction, so the facts of Scripture are to the inductive reasoning of the theologian.

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