This week’s feedback features two correspondents about the importance of theology as well as history, and a skeptic who misunderstands science and philosophy. Shaun Doyle and Dr Don Batten respond.
David B. from Australia writes:
Your article on The Importance of Foundations is a good article but biblical history is only part of the foundation people need. They also need their foundation to be built on Bible truth as a whole. There are a number of teachings in areas other than creation/evolution floating around the churches which have no biblical basis some of which can have the potential of forcing people away from God rather than drawing them to him. A solid foundation is a complete foundation.
CMI’s Shaun Doyle responds:
Thank you for your feedback.
You are certainly correct, and we in no way wish to communicate the idea that biblical history is the only foundation we need. I don’t think that was the intent of the author either. He cites many foundational biblical doctrines that are vital for a person to believe—he merely shows that without the historical reliability of the Bible they have no grounding. It’s like a body: history is the bones, and theology is the muscle. History forms the scaffolding for the muscles, but the bones don’t go anywhere without the muscle! Both are necessary and dependent on each other, and neither can be reduced to the other.
For example, we have many articles arguing for the deity of Christ on our website, which is a theological concept that is biblical and necessary for a Christian to believe to be saved (Romans 10:8–13). However, even Romans 10 doesn’t abandon history. As Romans 10:9–10 declares, commitment to a historical claim (God raised Jesus from the dead) and a theological claim (Jesus is Lord/YHWH)together are necessary and sufficient conditions for salvation. History without theology leads to atheism because it has no guidance or rationality, and theology without history leads to philosophies like Gnosticism (a 2nd century heresy that said matter was evil and spirit is good) because it has no grounding in tangible reality….
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