Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

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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.

Arguing for the validity of multiple perspectives in theology, Vern S. Poythress explains, "We use what we have gained from one ...

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Overview

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.

Arguing for the validity of multiple perspectives in theology, Vern S. 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."

The implications of this approach are far-reaching for theology and praxis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875525174
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
1. Perspectives in Everyday Life 9
2. Perspectives in the Bible 15
3. Perspectives in Theology 21
4. Examples of Useful Biblical Perspectives 29
5. In Defense of Symphonic Theology 43
6. Words and Precision 55
7. Twelve Maxims of Symphonic Theology 69
8. Distinctive Methods in Symphonic Theology 93
9. A Test Case: Miracles 101
10. Pastoral Healing in the Miracles Controversy 111
Epilogue: Other Works on Perspectives 121
Bibliography 125
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