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Quote by Spurgeon

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by gb93433, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. gb93433

    gb93433 Active Member
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    Jun 26, 2003
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    I was wondering what some of you think about the quote by Spurgeon. Iwas especially caught by the statement about being dogmatic in theology.

    Source: Sword and The Trowel, Vol. 5, 1877, page 97

    We are invited, brethren, most earnestly to go away from the old-fashioned belief of our forefathers because of the supposed discoveries of science. What is science? The method by which man tries to conceal his ignorance. It should not be so, but so it is. You are not to be dogmatical in theology, my brethren, it is wicked; but for scientific men it is the correct thing. You are never to assert anything very strongly; but scientists may boldly assert what they cannot prove, and may demand a faith far more credulous than any we possess. Forsooth, you and I are to take our Bibles and shape and mold our belief according to the ever-shifting teachings of so-called scientific men. What folly is this! Why, the march of science, falsely so called, through the world may be traced by exploded fallacies and abandoned theories. Former explorers once adored are now ridiculed; the continual wreckings of false hypotheses is a matter of universal notoriety. You may tell where the learned have encamped by the debris left behind of suppositions and theories as plentiful as broken bottles. As the quacks which ruled the world of medicine in one age are the scorn of the next, so has it been, and so will it be, with your atheistical savans and pretenders to science. But they remind us of facts. Are they not yet ashamed to use the word. Wonderful facts, made to order, and twisted to their will to overthrow the actual facts which the pen of God himself has recorded!
  2. ReformedBaptist

    ReformedBaptist Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2007
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    Great quote. Spurgeon is not saying we should not have a strong opinion in theology. He is saying the exact opposite. He compares theology to science and illustrates how scientists have strong opinions and dogmatism, but the theologian? Oh no no no, he must not have such characteristcs.

    Basically...Spurgeon was using sarcasm.
  3. Andy T.

    Andy T. New Member

    Apr 8, 2005
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    Agree with RB, that piece is dripping with sarcasm.