The newest edition of the International Journal of Systematic Theology has devoted its lead articles to discussing the nature of systematic theology. Of particular note are the following:
- Paul Fiddes’ “Concept, Image, and Story in Systematic Theology” argues for an aesthetic theology that makes liberal use of literature as a theological source. This would be a helpful article for anyone wanting to think about theology as narrative.
- A. N. Williams’ “What is Systematic Theology” contends that being ‘systematic’ is at the core of the discipline. Theology is inherently involved in the task of drawing connections (i.e., ‘relations’) between beings and concepts and to that extent must always be systematic.
- John Webster’s “Principles of Systematic Theology” contends that systematic theology is an essentially contemplative discipline grounded in the openness and sharing that takes place between the persons of the Trinity.