Bruce Ashford of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted a helpful piece on the sources from which we draw when thinking about and applying Christian theology. Here is a taste:
Christian Scripture is the primary source and supreme norm for Christian theology. Scripture, and Scripture alone, is inspired by God and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). As the theologian interprets Scripture, he seeks illumination from the Christian tradition and uses his God-given rational faculties and experience in order to appropriately conceptualize and articulate an evangelical theology within a particular cultural context.
Ashford’s stress on the primacy of Scripture is so appropriate, as is his reminder that reason, culture, experience, and tradition, guided by the norm of Scripture, also provide insight into theological truth. His voice blends with those of the Reformation thinkers of the sixteenth century.
You’ll find Ashford’s entire post here.