Seventh Thesis on Theological Method

If our exegesis comes up with two completely contradictory statements, we hold them together (ie, trinity). We do not under any circumstances use one statement to mitigate or modify the other.

We may attempt to devise a logical or para-logical way in which they might work togther, but such constructions are uncertain and contingent. As Calvin warned, there is a danger in seeking to understand that which God has chosen to leave a mystery.

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3 thoughts on “Seventh Thesis on Theological Method

  1. Should there be an amendment here (or a future thesis) that when you arrive at two contradictory statments, the first step should to be to confirm that they are contradictory? Sometimes two contradictory statements can mean that there is something faulty with our exegesis.

    • That’s pretty much what I was aiming for in the 4th thesis. Should I rephrase? I was feeling rather wordy when I wrote it…

  2. I understand what you are saying by the word contradictory but we need to be careful how we use the word. Maybe it is helpful to explain that things we find contradictory in our minds are not contradictory in reality (Gods reality which is true reality). e.g. Gods sovereignty and human responsibility

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