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Systematic Theology
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1. Term

The attempt is made here to describe systematic theology by comparing its understanding in Protestant and in Roman Catholic thought.

1.1. The term “systematic” as an attribute of theology is often viewed as unfortunate because it seems to imply that the full truth of the living God can be summarized in a system. The Anglican Church (Anglican Communion) did not use it for fear of theological system-building, but in Roman Catholic theology it encompasses the various disciplines of dogmatics, fun…

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Ritschl, Dietrich and Sattler, Dorothea, “Systematic Theology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.123>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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