Against threadbare theology

There is a hiatus between the arena of the young theologian’s actual spiritual growth and what he already knows intellectually about this arena. (10)

Every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith. Do not assume as a matter of course that you believe whatever impresses you theologically and enlightens you intellectually. (31)

A theological thought can breathe only in the atmosphere of dialogue with God. (34)

A person who pursues theological courses is spiritually sick unless he reads the Bible uncommonly often and makes the most of opportunities by which, in preaching and Bible classes, that cornerstone is made visible. (40)

— From A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke, translated by Charles L. Taylor (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1962)

One more paper (and 300 or so pages of a counselling textbook) before this semester can draw to a close. One more week before a flying leap eastwards. One more month before the third season of getting Sherlocked. One more semester before I’m meant to emerge from what Thielicke terms “spiritual puberty”.

These are hopeful projections. Outcomes ultimately unknowable right now.

One more.

Want more. Of the one who lets himself be known. Of you, Lord Jesus.

Amen.

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