It is interesting to watch the way many debates go these days. Often, I notice when people are discussing a topic, they start with a principle and then attempt to solve problems that they see with their principled position. A system is built and the only thing left to do is apply it real world situations. You can see this in various discussions whether it be about religion, politics, or sports. Frequently, the assumption is that if you have the correct principle then you can solve all the problems. What has been intriguing for me is the difference Bavinck, the theologian whom I study, writes his dogmatics and many of essays.