Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Defining "Reformational"

When I began this blog seven (!) years ago, I asked the question, what does "reformational" mean? We had a bit of a discussion of that then and some links and quotations were shared. Here is an excellent summary from Sypkeman, Reformational Theology, 100-101:
The fundamental premise of [Reformational] philosophy lies in the commitment to the biblical teaching that all reality is so ordered by the creative work of God that his Word stands forever as the sovereign, dynamic, redeeming law for all of life. Acccordingly, it repudiates the modern dogma of the pretended autonomy of human reason; it seeks to uncover the deeply religous roots and motivations which undergird its own and other systems of thought; it affirms the centrality of the human heart out of which flow all the issues of life; and it therefore works in the firm conviction that life as a whole is religious.
Furthermore, and with respect to the study of theology:
This unifying view on our callings in God's world, including our task in theology, lends to Reformed dogmatics a deeper sense of life-relatedness, a more firmly structured place among the scholarly disciplines, and a more responsible directedness, thus opening new doors to the possibility of ongoing theological reformation.


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