The Call of Abram: A Systems Theory Analysis

Volume 9
Summer 1981
The Call of Abram: A Systems Theory Analysis

Systems theory was presented as a potential tool for integrating scriptural and empirical understandings of humankind, since its basic concepts appear inherently in Scripture and also utilize natural levels of organization in the world, for example, physical, chemical, biological, familial, social, and cultural systems levels. Antecedents of systems theory were briefly reviewed; major concepts were defined with examples provided. The call of Abram by God to leave his land, kindred, and father'€™s house was then analyzed from a systems theory perspective, contrasting the cultural religious milieu from which he came with the changes which became evident in his life space as an outflow from his commitment to Jehovah. While the ancient Near-East pantheon was created by and dependent upon humans, the emerging Jewish culture became increasingly dependent upon and shaped by its religious belief system, based upon the Lord'€™s covenant relationship with His people. Abram, by making himself open and vulnerable to God, participated in a new system, which included the Lord as an essential component, making true change possible for himself and his descendents. It was suggested that the elements of the Covenant could be reframed from a systems perspective as well.

Dr. M.L. Rogers
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