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Wm Lane Craig on Systematic Philosophical Theology


He has a book that seems to be forthcoming. Here is a Talbot introductory lecture:

He has a Q&A:

A key clip:

Notice, a paper, here.

Excerpting Dr Clinton:

Ostensibly, the reason for a ‘system’ of theology is that someone, or some group, has come to understand the teachings of the Bible and of their church in a distinctive, organized way, and is ready to share that organized thinking with their church and the world. Such systems grow much more intricate and complex when they add the results of the first three councils, historical theology, integration of thinking outside any one specific approach, and broader interaction with human experience.
Logic informs all such conceptual systems. But far more than logical thinking patterns comes from
philosophy to help systematic theology (Corduan, 1981). The following elements make up the philosophical “bones” of a theological system:

1 choice of a starting point (God; the individual; humanity; experience; spirituality)

2 choice of a metaphysical stance (realism, dualism, idealism, etc.)

3 choice of a methodology (rationalism, empiricism, systematic consistency)

4 understanding of the main points of a conceptual model

5 interrelation in the developmental process of doing theology of reason, experience, tradition, and scripture
All of these processes are part of any theological system. All processes come to the system from a person’s or group’s philosophy and values.

All of this now comes up as there has been a side debate in a current thread in which the matter of personhood of God has come up as a consequence of what we may term an emerging neo-deism.

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