I remin skeptical about post-grad level theology. However, I’m much more interested in the lower levels of academia than the ivory tower, so I ask myself – what is the nature of doctrine at the diploma or certificate level? When we go over to India and teach the Doctrine PTC course, what do we want the students to walk away with?
My first thought:
Its not that hard to get a whole bunch of passages together about a topic, line them up and say “this is what the Bible says”. However, the instant we say anything that is not a direct quote, we have synthesised a bunch of passages and created new language. The aim of doctrine is TO NOT SAY SOMETHING STUPID. By being aware of the major doctrines out there, and how they interlink, we can look at our synthesis statements (or other people’s) and figure out (provisionally) whether your new sentance is heresy or not.