Aim

The aim of theology is the ascertainment of the facts respecting God and the relations between God and the universe, and the exhibition of these facts in their rational unity, as connected parts of a formulated and organic system of truth.

In defining theology as a science, we indicate its aim. Science does not create; it discovers. Theology answers to this description of a science. It discovers facts and relations, but it does not create them. Fisher, Nature and Method of Revelation, 141 ? ?Schiller, referring to the ardor of Columbus? faith, says that, if the great discoverer had not found a continent, he would have created one. But faith is not creative. Had Columbus not found the land ? had there been no real object answering to his belief ? his faith would have been a mere fancy.? Because theology deals with objective facts, we refuse to define it as ?the science of religion?; versus Am. Theol. Rev., 1850:101-120, and Thornwell, Theology, 1:139, Both the facts and the relations with which theology has to deal have an existence independent of the subjective mental processes of the theologian.

Science is not only the observing, recording, verifying, and formulating of objective facts; it is also the recognition and explication of the relations

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