is attached and defended are so commonly drawn from them as arsenals, that the student cannot afford to be ignorant of them.
Goethe explains his own greatness by his avoidance of metaphysics: ?Mein Kind, Ich habe es klug gemacht; lob habe nie uber?s Denken gedacht? ? ?I have been wise in never thinking about thinking?; he would have been wiser, had he pondered more deeply the fundamental principles of his philosophy; see A. H. Strong, The Great Poets and their Theology 296-299 and Philosophy and Religion, 1-18; also in Baptist Quarterly, 2:393 sq. Many a theological system has fallen, like the Campanile at Venice, because its foundations were insecure. Sir William Hamilton: ?No difficulty arises in theology which has not first emerged in philosophy.?
N. W. Taylor: ?Give me a young man in metaphysics, and I care not who has him in theology.? President Samson Talbot ?I love metaphysics, because they have to do with realities.? The maxim ?Ubi tres medici, ibi duo athei,? witnesses to the truth of Galen?s words: a]ristov iJatro<v kai< filo>sofov ; ?the best physician is also a philosopher.? Theology cannot dispense with science, any more than science can dispense with philosophy. E. G. Robinson: ?Science has not invalidated any fundamental truth of revelation, though it has modified the statement of many...Physical Science will undoubtedly knock some of our crockery gods on the head, and the sooner the better? There is great advantage to the preacher in taking up, as did Frederick W. Robertson, one science after another. Chemistry entered into his mental structure, as he said, ?like iron into the blood.?
(d) A knowledge of the original languages of the Bible. This is necessary to enable us not only to determine the meaning of the fundamental terms of scripture, such as holiness, sin, propitiation, justification, but also to interpret statements of doctrine by their connections with the context
Emerson said that the man who reads a book in a strange tongue, when he can have a good translation, is a fool. Dr. Behrends replied that he is a fool who is satisfied with the substitute. E. G. Robinson: ?Language is a great organism, and no study so disciplines the mind as the dissection of an organism.? Chrysostom: ?This is the cause of all our evils ? our not knowing the Scriptures.? Yet a modern scholar has said: ?The Bible is the most dangerous of all God?s gifts to man? It is possible to adore the letter, while we fail to perceive its spirit. A narrow interpretation may contradict its meaning. Much depends upon connecting phrases, as for example, the dia< tou~to and ejf w=| in <450512>Romans 5:12. Professor Phillip Lindsley of Princeton, 1813-1853, said to his pupils: ?One of the best preparations
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