One of the tasks of theologians is to explore and restate central doctrines in the light of developments in human knowledge.
Christian Faith & Life
We honor tradition best when we take seriously the sacred responsibility for shaping it.
Concerning the so-called “Nashville Statement.”
In my experience, the main problem isn’t so much Christianity itself as much as the cultural baggage that has been heaped upon it, which I feel is a problem that every generation of every era needs to address.
I’ve had to think very intentionally about what I am trying to do in these intro classes, and it boils down to this: respect the students where they are while at the same time embracing my responsibility to not leave them there.
I have begun to see that those who cry out to God may be perched at the very point where true communion with God begins, because they are in the unique position of surrendering fully from self to God.
To utter one’s deepest fears about their faith is for some only slightly less risky that buying heroin on a street corner, and such fear is too common a phenomenon in the various iterations of conservative Protestantism, i.e., for traditions rooted in the importance of detailed and absolute knowledge on a wide range of topics.
The true expression of faith is its best defense, because it transforms broken lives.
One cannot use Jesus and Paul as a justification for pathology–and excuse to see a gospel-survival conflict at every point of disagreement.
All of which is to say, when I place my sorry self on the grand scale of things, I can’t help but feel a bit decentered.