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More From The War On The War On Theology

Confession: I hate it strongly dislike am not a fan of am disappointed when Christians speak of Theology as if it’s some sort of disease and Theologians as if they are lepers. We hear this all the time. Friends, we’re all Theologians. It’s simply a matter of whether we will be awful ones (highly likely if we are proudly dismissive of it), or not-awful ones. Being not-awful takes application, diligence, and humility. I know because some one really spiritual told me.

Seriously, if we’re the types of people who will argue passionately about college football (stop looking at me!), or what the best films of the year are, or who’s the best singer on American Idol, but can’t muster a mustard seed of passion about what the Bible says, we’re fools. Perhaps damned fools. Christians trust in and follow Christ. The Bible is His Word. If we are turned off by the Bible and its baffling, archaic silliness, then the problem is deeper than mere taste. The Bible is challenging, and a shallow effort to “get some nugget” by a few minutes “devotions” is not where we want to end up. But hey, start anywhere and go on. But do go on. The challenge of the Bible is well met and well worth the time.

Important Point

There’s great joy in Theology! The Bible is a delight to study. Among the many benefits are a liberation from our own opinions, those age and culture-influenced tyrants which fasten us about with faddish chains. Theology will also stir the heart in a way more “accessible” works cannot. Listen to the man (CSL) below. -Sam

“For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”

C.S. Lewis

4 Comments

  1. Great thoughts! I’m working on a Masters degree in worship studies, and working through hard books on theology has proven rewarding and fulfilling. A couple I’d recommend are “Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace” by James Torrance, and “Worship in the New Testament” by Gerald Borchert.

  2. Notice too that the Scriptures are not only God-breathed, but are also sufficient to fortify us for every good work. Reckon maybe theology is the main thing for believers. (check 2 Tim 3;17-17)

  3. John, thanks buddy. I have had similar experiences and it is very humbling indeed.

    Bret, I appreciate it, man. Thanks for the book recommendations. I’m really enjoying Bock’s commentary on Luke right now.

    MKhulu, Ngiyabonga, baba. I’m sure it depends on what we mean by Theology, but I think it’s safe to say the study is under-appreciated in our day. Since we’re studying Galatians I might say the “main thing” is “faith working itself out in love”…but I can’t win in a fight against you. 🙂

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