Something I don’t like about Systematic Theology is that it can be done without ever cracking the Bible. A person could conceivably earn a PhD in “Systematics” and never really read or study scripture (at least very much). This is why I am a strong advocate for theologians to be interdisciplinarians (exegetes and systematicians). When we look back at church history there are many famous “Reformed theologians” (anachronistic, I know) — namely Martin Luther and John Calvin — who were just that, both exegetes and systematicians. Today, I can’t really think of very many at all who would fit this bill — that’s unfortunate!

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