Posted by: chuckbumgardner | February 1, 2010

Garrett, Systematic Theology, Quotable 3

(More interesting and representative quotations from James Leo Garrett, Systematic Theology, 2nd edition)

(21) “The present-day Women’s Liberation movement, so far as it draws from Judaism and Christianity and from the principles of political democracy, may serve the good purpose of seeking and obtaining much-deserved civic equality and non-discriminatory economic opportunity for women and protection from personal abuse.  But, insofar as it draws upon naturalistic, humanistic, antimonogamous, antifamilial, antimaternal, defeminizing, and lesbian presuppositions, it may serve the evil and anti-Christian purpose of downgrading the particularities of womanhood and woman’s complementarity vis-à-vis man and of undermining the strength of the monogamous family at a most crucial time in social and religious history.” (1:495)

(22) “Recalling the words of the children’s nursery rhyme, one can easily think of Augustine’s doctrine of unfallen Adam as a ‘Humpty Dumpty’ view.” (1:548)

(23) “Although the life situation sermon common to the twentieth-century pulpit has had little or no place for such, we ought not to regard the proclamation of the law in its revelatory or accusative function as a thing of the past.” (1:579)

(24) “Jesus is the continuing refutation of the concept of the impassibility of God.” (1:622)

(25) “It is not necessary, in order to defend or protect the sinlessness of Jesus, to affirm that Jesus could not have sinned.” (1:656)

(26) “It would seem that the church’s proclamation should be exclusivist so as not to promise salvation outside the conscious acceptance of Jesus and the gospel but that in God’s sovereign freedom he may effectively work outside the boundaries of exclusivism.” (1:663)

(27) “Never has the hyphen been used with greater significance than in the term ‘the God-man'” (1:697)

(28) “Living under the dominion or sovereignty of Jesus the Lord was normative for the early Christians.  To make this dominion an optional feature of the Christian life, as some Evangelical Christians have tended to do in the recent past, is a distortion of Christian teaching.  To reckon that receiving Jesus as Savior is absolutely necessary for becoming a Christian but that to reckon Jesus as Lord of one’s life is optional for Christians is indeed an error that cannot establish its validity from the New Testament.” (1:705)

(29) “In democratic societies which have no human royalty Christians may be somewhat reluctant or less emphatic about Christ’s present kingship.  Those who major on the futurity of God’s kingdom often exclude from their theology Christ’s present, though not future, kingship.  Those who too readily equate the church and the kingdom of God tend to obscure, if not deny the future dimensions of Christ’s kingship.” (1:709)

(30) (regarding a “composite exposition of the saving work of Jesus Christ”) “The atonement consists of the death-resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the twofold event which comprises the saving work of the eternal and incarnate Messianic Son of God, in its nature a historical act of eternal consequence — the penal substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice which is both consistent with God’s righteousness and expressive of God’s love and which demonstrates God’s triumph over sin, death, and Satan, by means of which repentant, believing sinners are drawn through the forgiveness of sins to reconciliation with God and enter into the fellowship of Christ’s death-resurrection, marked by the new life of cross-bearing and following in His steps in the new community of the forgiven.” (2:58)


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