Friday, September 16, 2005

Confession for Theologians


Blogger Stan Key said...

Just happened across your blog. Wow. What gives? Where are you? If you find a turtle on a fence post, someone probably put him there. Probably Him. Relax. Can't see the moon? Burn down the barn. Get off that nine miles of bad road you been walking down. Go six miles deep and find yourself or lose yourself, whichever you really need. Stop being so proud of being so proud. What does a Tulip smell like anyway? Eudora Welty said pencils smell like yellow lilacs and wrote a story about a man that read a poem by snow light. Can you believe it? And grace? Can you see that snap! on the edge, that shimmer in the trees, that whiff of pure grace in her panties? Stop worrying about what us dumb Calvinists think about anything. Stand still. Forgive everyone everything. Move on.

10:32 PM  
Blogger burttd said...

I had to laugh when I read your reply. This whole blog was/is supposed to be my notes on the way out of a totalizing Calvinism. I *am* - or partially am - one of those Calvinist bullies. And it's taken a few years on the fencepost to realize that.

8:22 AM  
Blogger ambiance-five said...

Amen brother! I love it all.

6:08 AM  
Blogger pgepps said...

I am most struck by "uncovering problems without pointing to solutions."

As someone whose bent is analytical (and analysis is always a *negative test* of truth) and whose profession is cultural criticism (on the scholarly side, anyway--my teaching is a bit different), it has been an exercise in humility to begin practicing theology (and other studies) with the question, "If I eliminate this and that and the other upon scrutiny--with what do I replace them?"

It is surprisingly easy to find the flaws in systems. It is surprisingly difficult to articulate truth without creating flawed systems.

It is much better to humbly confess what is revealed than to play theological BattleBots with God's words about the Word, the truth about the Truth.


9:45 AM  
Blogger pgepps said...

oh, and Stan there has a good vibe, but needs to tone down the tie-dye. He's about to give me a brown-out.


9:46 AM  
Blogger burttd said...

Ah, but there just isn't a clearly revealed systematic theology in the Bible, and we all know how important it is to have a fully developed systematic theology, right? (JN)

9:49 AM  

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