The whole of Christian doctrine, 140 characters at a time

How twystematics will work

Each tweet will be numbered to locate it in a broader structure. For example:

1.2 Knowledge of God inevitably leads to a transformed life. Theology may therefore be defined as the doctrine of living well before God.

The first number identifies the doctrinal locus (I’ll publish a list, but in the two examples here,  1 = ‘definition of theology’ & 2 = ‘doctrine of revelation’). Then I will give an orderly account of the doctrine in a series of numbered tweets, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, … Where a claim needs further unpacking, I will go to a third level – as in the example tweet below. At present, I do not plan to nest deeper than this.

The other structural device I intend to use is to sometimes encase an entire tweet in parentheses:

2.2.1 (Creatio ex nihilo means the causal system of creation is closed, so there can be no argument from created reality to truth about God.)

I will use this device to indicate that the tweet is a defence or explanation of the previous tweet.

My present guess is that the project will run to 500 tweets. That said, attempts to write an account of theology famously always grow and expand… I intend to tweet several times a day in the first week, just to get the thing going, and then settle down to one tweet/day. I reserve the right to change this, however.

When I have got a bunch of tweets that together form something of a unit, I will post them all in a blog post here, in the category ‘The Twystematics’. This will offer both an easy point of reference for anyone interested, and an opportunity for discussion, correction, denunciation, or other interaction.

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Welcome to twystematic theology, my attempt to tweet a complete compendium of Christian doctrine, 140 characters at a time.

Tweets will be copied to this site as they are posted; please feel free to comment, discuss, suggest improvements, or even offer a little encouragement from time to time.

The tabs at the top of the page will give you more information about the project, if you are interested.

Twystematics will begin on April 2, 2012.