Chapter 7 of this book lists “Twelve Maxims of Symphonic Theology” (pp. 69–91):
Vern Sheridan Poythress. Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1987.
- Language is not transparent to the world.
- No term in the Bible is equal to a technical term of systematic theology.
- Technical terms in systematic theology can almost always be defined in more than one way. Every technical term is selective in the features it includes.
- Boundaries are fuzzy.
- No category or system of categories gives us ultimate reality.
- Different human writers of the Bible bring differing perspectives to bear on a given doctrine or event.
- The differences between biblical writings by different human authors are also divine differences.
- Any motif of the Bible can be used as the single organizing motif.
- We use different motifs not to relativize truth but to gain truth.
- We see what our tools enable us to see.
- Error is parasitic on the truth.
- In theological debates, we should preempt the other person’s strong points.