I finally picked up John Frame’s Systematic Theology from the book pile and started reading it. I am very impressed so far, he is lucid, charitable and focused on the Scripture. I love his definition of theology:
…theology is the application of Scripture, by persons, to every area of life.
Why, then, do we need theology in addition to Scripture? The only answer, I believe, is “because we need to apply Scripture to life.”
Prior to this, he says:
…the theologian states the facts and truths of Scripture for the purpose of edification. Those truths are not stated for their own sake, but to build up people in Christian faith.
Pretty simple. Pretty much right on the money. Keeping these simple ideas in mind would be great for all of us.