A Different Kind of Systematic Theology
From Matt Smethurst’s interview with Gerald Bray:
What are the unique contributions of God Is Love among other evangelical biblical and systematic theologies?
- God Is Love is very different from any other systematic theology on the market today because it takes the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura seriously. It is not just a question of backing up everything from the Bible but of trying to convey God’s self-revelation in the Bible in a biblical way. That God is love seems to me to be the most fundamental principle of Scripture, but it has so far not been the basis of any systematic presentation! Why not? I start with God as love in himself, then discuss the creation as an act of love, sin as rejection of God’s love, and salvation as a revelation of God’s deeper love. This is the gospel message, so it should be our theology too.
In other ways, the book aims to reach the kind of people who cannot or who will not read systematic theology, because to them it is too technical and confusing. I have written for ordinary, educated non-specialists. I have also aimed to reach people in developing countries and to deal with issues like demon possession, astrology, and polygamy that most people in the West tend to ignore, even though they are issues for us too. God Is Love is itself an act of love, reaching out to those of God’s people who have been left behind in the current theological debates and who do not know where to turn for guidance.
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You can read the table of contents, preface, and first chapter here.