Saturday, February 18, 2006

Theologian in Training Manifesto #1

Yesterday we studied applications in my hermeneutics class. When you study the word you have to experience it in life to grow enough to handle what you have learned. Seminary students learn so much in such a short period of time that there's no way we can experience enough to handle that much knowledge. Professor Poythress said that it would take about twenty years to do so. He said that we were these big, misshapened-head creatures, that we were monsters and we should remember that and not allow our knowledge to puff us up (1 Corinthians 8:1).

I thought about it later that day and decided that it would make a great starting point to my Theologian in Training Manifesto:

We know that knowledge should not puff up but lead to the love of God and to the love of our neighbor as ourselves. We should never attempt to win an argument at the expense of our fellow Christian or cause them to stumble on account of us but we are to hold firm to the truth and share it in love and concern for the unity of the body, all the while remembering that "all people" will know that we are Christ's disciples by our love (John 13:35).

Updated to correct bad grammer and so that it doesn't look like it was written by someone who was hosting a slumber party.

1 Comment:

  1. Moonshadow said...
    I agree with that.

    I deliberately dragged out my theological education because I wanted time to grow as I learned. That made me a dinosaur on campus. Everyone else of the inaugural class desired to wrap up their education as quickly as possible and start working in the field. I felt left behind and people probably thought that I would never finish. For my part, I couldn't help but think that they were so mistaken in dashing through the program because it takes a long time to synthesize the information and to grow in spiritual maturity as derived from that information. I'm still doing it, I'm still synthesizing (and still auditing classes occasionally)! Of course, I might just be a slow learner. :-) And you haven't the luxury at WTS, as far as I can tell from their website, to take your time because the program seems clearly structured and fairly time-constrained.

    But that's why people who manage to put it all together at a young age are so remarkable. I think here of Bonhoeffer and Raymond Brown but we could probably name many others who have been contributing to the dialogue of theology their entire lives.

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