between these facts, and the synthesis of both the facts and the rational principles which unite them in a comprehensive, rightly proportioned, and organic system. Scattered bricks and timbers are not a house; severed arms, legs, heads and trunks from a dissecting room are not living men; and facts alone do not constitute science. Science facts + relations; Whewell, Hist. Inductive Sciences, I, Introduction, 43 ? ?There may be facts without science, as in the knowledge of the common quarryman; there may be thought without science, as in the early Greek philosophy.?
A. MacDonald: ?The a priori method is related to the a posteriori as the sails to the ballast of the boat: the more philosophy the better, provided there are a sufficient number of facts; otherwise, there is danger of upsetting the craft.?
President Woodrow Wilson: ??Give us the facts? is the sharp injunction of our age to its historians...But facts of themselves does not constitute the truth. The truth is abstract, not concrete. It is the just idea, the right revelation, of what things mean. It is evoked only by such arrangements and orderings of facts as suggest meanings.? Dove, Logic of the Christian Faith, 14 ? ?The pursuit of science is the pursuit of relations.? Everett, Science of Thought, 3 ? ?Logy? (e.g., in ?theology?), from lo>gov = word + reason, expression ± thought, fact + idea; cf. <430101>John 1:1 ? ?In the beginning was the Word?.
As theology deals with objective facts and their relations, so its arrangement of these facts is not optional, but is determined by the nature of the material with which it deals. A true theology thinks over again God?s thoughts and brings them into God?s order, as the builders of Solomon?s temple took the stones already hewn, and put them into the places for which the architect had designed them; Reginald Heber: ?No hammer fell, no ponderous axes rung; Like some tall palm, the mystic fabric sprung,? Scientific men have no fear that the data of physics will narrow or cramp their intellects; no more should they fear the objective facts which are the data of theology. We cannot make theology, any more than we can make a law of physical nature. As the natural philosopher is ?Natur« minister et interpres,? so the theologian is the servant and interpreter of the objective truth of God. On the Idea of Theology as a System, see H. B. Smith, Faith and Philosophy, 125-166.
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