When you are reading one of the great theological books of all time, you will benefit the most if you watch for overarching themes.
We often expect books to be organized in a way that makes it easy for us to read. After all, we are accustomed to headings and sub-headings.
In most written material nowadays, there are summary boxes and bullet points and illustrated sidebars.
But Systematic Theology books hardly ever have such things. Most of the book we read were written centuries ago.
So we cannot read a few pages, and think we have mastered the whole book.
Don’t evaluate right away.
And if we stumble into some phrase that annoys us or puzzles us, don’t set aside the whole book. Defer until you have read the whole book.
Aim to grasp the overarching themes and the big picture of the book.
You wouldn’t be able to knowledgeably discuss The Lord of the Rings until you’ve watched the whole movie. Or better yet, the whole series. Probably more than once.
Theology books are like that.
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