Knowledge of fundamentals is the golden key that opens the chief mysteries of religion; it gives us a whole system and body of divinity, exactly drawn in all its lineaments and lively colours; it helps us to understand many of those difficult things which occur in the reading of the word; it helps to untie many Scripture knots.
Thomas Watson, 1620-1686, A Body of Divinity, 1 A Preliminary Discourse to Catechizing, II, 1, 2, (p.11 from monergism.com)
Can a broad understanding of fundamental principles help us to solve specific problems in theology? How might we obtain that understanding?
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