Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

by Vern S. Poythress
     
 

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The truth of God is rich and multifaceted. Though a coherent body of revelation, the Bible comes to us through a variety of inspired authors, metaphors, and themes, highlighting the many facets of God’s truth. Likewise, our theological formulations capture manifold emphases—distinct “perspectives” on the whole—which collectively enable us

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The truth of God is rich and multifaceted. Though a coherent body of revelation, the Bible comes to us through a variety of inspired authors, metaphors, and themes, highlighting the many facets of God’s truth. Likewise, our theological formulations capture manifold emphases—distinct “perspectives” on the whole—which collectively enable us to gain a fuller understanding of the truth. Poythress explains, “We use what we have gained from one perspective to reinforce, correct, or improve what we understood through another. I call this procedure ‘symphonic theology’ because it is analogous to a blending of various musical instruments to express the variation of a symphonic theme.”

Editorial Reviews

Donald T. Williams
[A] seminal book. . . . Symphonic Theology can help us . . . avoid the errors which have been all too common even in much of our best work, and allow the multiple perspectives present in Scripture to enrich our theology rather than threaten it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875525174
Publisher:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date:
07/26/2001
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Understanding Dispensationalists; Science and Hermeneutics; Implications of Scientific Method for Biblical Interpretation; Symphonic Theology; The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology; and The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses.

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