Kyle: Yep, I'm afraid you're right. In the opening chapter of his Systematic Theology (pp. 35-37), ○○○○ offers this truly amazing summary of how we should practice systematic theology: (1) "Find all the relevant verses" on a certain topic; (2) "summarize the points made in the relevant verses"; (3) "Finally, the teachings of the various verses should be summarized into one or more points that the Bible affirms about that subject."○○○○通りに神学すれば、「路上で用を足す者は教会から除外される」となる。とまあからかいコメントですね。
Happily, this procedure "is possible for any Christian who can read his or her Bible and can look up words in a concordance". Wow, talk about "scientific" theology!
That description of theological method is hilarious. I thought I'd give it a try - so here's a systematic theology of pissing (following ○○○○'s 3 steps):
(1) I looked up "pisseth" in Strong's Concordance: 1 Sam 25:22, 25:34; 1 Kings 14:10, 16:11, 21:21; 2 Kings 9:8.
(2) The main point in these relevant verses is that the person "who pisseth against a wall" will be condemned and cut off.
(3) Therefore, here is what the Bible affirms about the subject: we should always use the restroom, and all those who piss on walls should be excluded from the church.
Hi Les and JBH -- thanks for your comments. And I agree: I hope we can avoid "erudite muck flinging"!今度の方はシンガポールの方ですが、○○○○は退屈だ。それよりマクグラスの方がいいよ、と申しております。
I also agree with you about the charismatic sections of ○○○○'s Systematic Theology -- I think this stuff is very interesting and creative, and it has helped to foster serious theological reflection on Pentecostal/charismatic experience.
But I still can't help feeling discouraged at the popularity of ○○○○'s book as a classroom text -- there are plenty of better books available! In particular, a good theological textbook should model actual theological thinking, instead of merely providing students with the illusion of ready-made answers. After all, many theological students will go on to become pastors: and in pastoral ministry, what's needed is not ready-made answers, but the ability to think theologically in new and unpredictable situations.
Though it's very late for me to comment yet the post and your question are irresistibly intriguing.
Over at Trinity Theological College, Singapore, McGrath's 4th ed. text is preferred as it's a good introduction to theology.
And that'll also lead the students to McGrath's other advanced works.
On the other hand, ○○○○'s text is surprisingly very dull. When I was looking for a systematic theology text, I'd never got enough reason to get ○○○○ though its latest edition's front cover is beautiful.
Not sure if his text is that popular worldwide, but it seems to be so in my part of the world.
If it's true that ○○○○ is the most widely used text, then no wonder the theological scene, especially at post-colonial countries like Malaysia and Singapore (where I'm from), is generally dull and unexciting as compared to other parts of the world.