Saturday, January 28, 2012

The abstract versus the concrete

In both good science and good theology there is continual struggle to find an appropriate balance between  the concrete and the abstract. For example consider the following tensions and contrasts in theology:

systematic theology vs. Biblical studies

Christology vs. the Gospel narratives

John's Gospel vs. the Synoptic Gospels

Romans vs. the Gospel of Mark

ethical principles vs. explicit commands

Greek thought vs. Hebrew thought

I welcome concrete thoughts on some abstract principles one might use to find a balance!

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