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“It’s been said that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. But if that were true we would have to say that God has a small mind, because in His being in character, He is utterly consistent. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).” — R.C. Sproul
Within the first two and a half minutes of reading Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul, I learned the difference between religion and theology. Never in such a short time, even reading a high school text book, did I learn something truly worth knowing within the first two pages.
Within five minutes, I’d learned the breakdown of the word theology. Theo comes from the Greek “theos” meaning God. Ology comes from the Greek “logos” means word, or logic. So, theology means, “The logic about God”.
So, what of systematic theology? Simply put, it’s the study of the logic of God as seen through all of the scriptures combined as opposed to choosing a single aspect of the Bible in which to focus. This makes sense. God sent us a love letter of 66 books by 40 different authors for a reason. Had only the writings of Paul, or only the book of Proverbs been enough, there would’ve been no need for God to inspire the rest of the Bible to be written.
Pardon me for bragging for just a moment, but I have to admit I impressed myself by writing the above paragraph, as I would not have been able to put it so succinctly before reading the first couple of chapters of Everyone’s a Theologian.
I expected, when cracking the cover of this book, that I would be inundated with twenty dollar words that would be well above the bank balance of my brain. Surprisingly, Dr. R.C. Sproul took this into account in his writing. While still a challenging read, if you elect to put down your mobile device and turn off the television while reading, it is quite educational and understandable.
I particularly enjoyed Sproul’s explanation of paradigms and how they shift. It was easy to follow his thoughts on why Science changes its mind on various theories as the years pass based on new evidence, testing anomalies in current theories, solving those anomalies, etc. It’s a great explanation for why society in general does not change it’s theories or opinions about the Bible – because the Bible does not contain anomalies. It struck a chord in me due to my interest in the Creation vs. Evolution debate (which I’m sure you’ve noticed now that you are on my website). The biblical view of Creation hasn’t changed – yet the scientific view of origins changes every few years, is tested, theorized, thrown out when new evidence is introduced, etc. It’s only a matter of time when some kind of evidence will eventually disprove the theory of Evolution to such a degree that it can no longer be a viable option for explaining the origins of life on this planet.
Sorry. I went on a bit of a tangent there. Let me get back on track.
While I must admit I have only finished the first few chapters of Everyone’s a Theologian, I am impressed with R.C. Sproul’s book. Don’t let the subtitle An Introduction to Systematic Theology fool you. Just think of this book as going back to Sunday school and getting a refresher course of what you should already know – and perhaps don’t realize you already know it. With chapters titled “Angels and Demons” (Chapter 17), “Creation of Man” (Chapter 18), “Why Did Christ Die” (Chapter 28), “Are Miracles For Today” (Chapter 37), and “The Return of Christ” (Chapter 57), I am looking forward to setting down my mobile device and turning off my television for numerous evenings to come.