Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

by Vern S. Poythress

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Overview

The truth of God is rich and multifaceted. Though a coherent body of revelation, the Bible comes to us through a variety of inspired authors, metaphors, and themes, highlighting the many facets of God’s truth. Likewise, our theological formulations capture manifold emphases—distinct “perspectives” on the whole—which collectively enable us to gain a fuller understanding of the truth. Poythress explains, “We use what we have gained from one perspective to reinforce, correct, or improve what we understood through another. I call this procedure ‘symphonic theology’ because it is analogous to a blending of various musical instruments to express the variation of a symphonic theme.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875525174
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2001
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is distinguished professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Understanding Dispensationalists; Science and Hermeneutics; Implications of Scientific Method for Biblical Interpretation; Symphonic Theology; The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology; and The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses.

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