This blog is now much better organized:
- I used to label a blog post with one or more of some 200 categories (e.g., “D. A. Carson,” “Calvinism,” “preaching”).
- But now I label a post with just one of six categories:
- Exegesis. What did authors intend their texts to mean? This includes hermeneutics. (Hermeneutics concerns principles of interpretation, and exegesis applies those principles.)
- Biblical Theology. How has God revealed his word historically and organically?
- Historical Theology. What have people thought about exegesis and theology?
- Systematic Theology. What does the whole Bible teach about certain topics? What is true about God and his universe?
- Practical Theology. How should humans respond to God’s revelation? This includes, for example, culture, ethics, evangelism, marriage and family, money, pastoral theology, politics, and worship.
- Other. This covers what doesn’t fit in the above categories.
My blog is called “Thoughts on Theology,” so those seem like the right categories.
I recently organized all 900+ past blog posts to one of those six categories. (The previous 200 or so categories are now “tags.”)
- Definitions. How do I understand exegesis and the four branches of theology? I generally follow the approach I explain in my essay “D. A. Carson’s Theological Method” (see sections 3–4).
- Organization. I basically organize the posts the same way I categorize items in Zotero. See pages 5–7 of “Why You Should Organize Your Personal Theological Library and a Way How” (cf. this 3-minute video). Sometimes a post may fit in multiple categories, so choosing just one can be subjective.