A friend and I are starting through Grudem’s Bible Doctrine together, which is his Systematic Theology distilled into about half the size. Last night as we were discussing the first chapter on the nature of systematic theology, we came to section on how a Christian should study theology. Grudem has six points here, and we were trying to come up with an acronym to help us keep a right mindset as we work through the book.
Here’s the outcome: PHRO UP. Now, these could, of course, be taken as crude, or you could think of putting both hands in the air quickly. Or there is the old poofy haircut route. At any rate, it works at least, because it has stuck in my teflon brain for more than 12 minutes.
P — Theology should be pursued with prayer.
H — Theology should be pursued with humility.
R — Theology should be pursued using reason.
O — Theology should be pursued with the help of others.
U — Theology should be pursued by collecting and understanding all the relevant biblical passages on the subject.
P — Theology should be pursued with rejoicing and praise.