Worthy of all Acceptation (in Works, 2:328-416, and Letters on Systematic Divinity (1:684-711); Ursinus (1534-1583), Loci Theologici (in Works, 1:426-909); Dannhauer (1603-1666) Hodosophia Christiana, seu Theologia Positiva in Methodum redacta. Jonathan Edwards?s so called History of Redemption was in reality a system of theology in historical form. It ?was to begin and end with eternity, all great events and epochs in the being viewed ?sub specie eternitatis.? The three worlds ? heaven, earth and hell ? were to be the scenes of this grand drama. It was to include the topics of theology as living factors, each in its own place,? and all forming a complete and harmonious whole; see Allen, Jonathan Edwards, 379, 380.
2. The Synthetic Method, which we adopt in this compendium, is both the most common and the most logical method of arranging the topics of theology. This method proceeds from causes to effects, or, in the language of Hagenbach (Hist. Doctrine, 2; 152), ?starts from the highest principle, God, and proceeds to man, Christ, redemption, and finally to the end of all things.? In such a treatment of theology we may best arrange our topics in the following order;
1st . The existence of God.
2d . The Scriptures a revelation from God.
3d . The nature, decrees and works of God.
4th . Man, in his original likeness to God and subsequent apostasy.
5th . Redemption, through the work of Christ and of the Holy Spirit.
6th . The nature and laws of the Christian church.
7 th . The end of the present system of things.
V. TEXTBOOKS IN THEOLOGY, valuable for reference
1. Confessions: Schaff, Creeds of Christendom.
2. Compendiums: H. B. Smith, System of Christian Theology; A. A. Hodge, Outlines of Theology; E. H.
Johnson, Outline of Systematic Theology; Hovey, Manual of Theology and Ethics; W. N. Clarke, Outline
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