Of course, there are all sorts of factors, but here’s one: get better at systematics. I frequently encounter the view that it’s somehow more noble to stick with the messiness of biblical studies than to taint our analysis with systematic formulations. But I think this is naïve: we all bring systems of understanding to the text, so it’s worth positively refining our intuitions and preliminary judgements in conversation with the doctrines that have been wrestled through over two millennia. This doesn’t mean we can’t critique the systems in play; in fact we can only critique and refine them if we have some genuine familiarity with them. So anyway I’ve just got my hot-off-the-press copy of Gerald Bray’s history of theology, God Has Spoken .