Systematic theology addresses theological topics individually, and summarizes all the biblical texts on each subject, with the goal being to present the major doctrines of the Christian faith in an organized fashion that remains faithful to the original intent. This is done through the use of biblical, historical and philosophical theology into its methodology. A correct interpretation of the Bible always takes into account all relevant passages through the systematic reading of scripture.
- Angelology (the doctrine of angels)
- Biblical Anthropology (the doctrine of man)
- Bibliology (the doctrine of the Bible)
- Christology (the doctrine of Christ)
- Demonology (the doctrine of Satan and demons)
- Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church)
- Eschatology (the doctrine of end time events)
- Hamartiology (the doctrine of sin)
- Pneumatology (the doctrine of the Holy Spirit)
- Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation)
- Theology (the doctrine of God)
Systematic theology always considers the cause-effect relationship of each doctrine. If one doctrine is changed, it will affect other doctrines. For example, within Christology (the doctrine of Christ) we have the resurrection of Christ. Within soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) we are taught that the resurrection means that we are not left in our sins if believe in Christ as our savior (1 Cor 15:17).
Systematic theology is also involved in interpreting scripture. A good example of this is the doctrine of the Trinity, which is not taken from any one passage of the Bible but from a collection of what all related scriptures say. While some passages in the New Testament seem to make a distinction between Jesus and God the Father, other passages teaching monotheism are taken into account to formulate the doctrine.