Systematic theology

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The systematic theology is a part of theology . Its task is to systematically reflect on the Christian faith in its prerequisites ( fundamental theology ), in its faith content ( dogmatics ) and in its consequences for human activity ( theological ethics or moral theology and Christian social doctrine ).

This is at the same time the subdivision of systematic theology into sub-disciplines, as is customary in Catholic theological faculties. In the evangelical tradition, a dichotomy is made into the reflection of word (dogmatics) and factual evidence (theological ethics) of the Christian faith. Fundamental theology is then viewed as a prolegomenon to dogmatics.

Objective of systematic theology

Systematic theology aims to reflect the common faith of Christians and to put it into words. This is based on the conviction that faith is not just an individual matter, but takes place in the community of the church : The church community also formulates its faith together, especially in the confessions . The respective confession does not prevent the individual Christians from doing so, but rather they are even encouraged to name their individual priorities and perspectives and to bring them into the community of the church. So systematic theology goes beyond belief and the theology of the individual.


  • Heinz Zahrnt : The thing with God. (Classics in a generally understandable form)
  • Klaus von Stosch : Introduction to Systematic Theology . UTB 2819, ISBN 978-3-8252-4252-7
  • Paul Tillich : Systematic Theology I, II and III
  • Karl-Josef Kuschel (Ed.): Pleasure in Knowledge: The Theology of the 20th Century (ecumenical reader)
  • Hermann Fischer : Systematic Theology: Conceptions and Problems in the 20th Century (Basic Theology Course), ISBN 3-17-010027-0 (Overview of Protestant Systematic Theology up to around 2000).
  • Hermann Fischer: Protestant Theology in the 20th Century , ISBN 3-17-015754-X (expanded and illustrated presentation of the development of systematic theology)
  • Henning, Lehmkühler (ed.): Systematic theology in self-portrayals . UTB 2048, ISBN 3-8252-2048-6 (self-reports from 20 systematic theologians about their origins, influences and their professional self-image)
  • Joachim Zehner: Workbook systematic theology: A method aid for study and practice . ISBN 3-579-00400-X (Introduction to scientific theological work, especially at Protestant theological faculties with practical tips and a good accompanying program on the Internet)
  • Hermann Deuser : A short introduction to systematic theology . Reclam, Ditzingen 1999, ISBN 3-15-009731-2 .
  • Thomas C. Oden : The Living God. Systematic Theology. Vol. 1, 1987, ISBN 1-56563-128-5 .
  • Thomas C. Oden: The Word of Live. Systematic Theology. Vol. 2, 1989, ISBN 0-06-066364-2 .
  • Thomas C. Oden: Live in the Spirit. Systematic Theology. Vol. 3, 1992, ISBN 1-56563-130-7 . (generally understandable, detailed, via historical ecumenical consensus)
  • Gerhard Ebeling : Dogmatics of the Christian Faith . Vol. 1-3, Mohr-Verlag, Tübingen 1979.
  • Gunda Schneider-Flume : Basic dogmatics course. Göttingen 2004.
  • Rochus Leonhardt : Basic information dogmatics: A textbook and workbook for studying theology. 3rd edition Göttingen 2008.
  • Konrad Stock : Introduction to systematic theology . de Gruyter, Berlin 2011.
  • Ulrich HJ Körtner : Dogmatics (LETh 5). Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2018, ISBN 978-3-374-04985-1 .

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