3 thoughts on “Collision Course Theologians?- A Video Blog

  1. I couldn’t imagine my life without the help of those scholars that devote their life to the really tough work of exegesis. I think everyone has to draw conclusions for their self, but I really appreciate the work that is done for me by these experts who lay out the context of scripture in a way that I would otherwise be blind too.
    I process and evaluate information but I rarely create ideas. At best, I’m able to present existing ideas in another set of language that may reach a different audience or add a personal touch, but I’m a pretty weak theologian on my own. I need the scholars!
    There is likely a trend where people stop looking to scholars (preachers, priests even) to provide neat tidy answers. I know I am drawn to books that present problems and let me draw my own conclusions.

  2. mike-
    I couldn’t agree more about the need for the community of theologians (be that scholastic and ‘everyday’) to exist. I think it is part of the diversity of the church in the age of literacy.
    Yet i wonder if you would consider the bible another one of the books that presents problems and lets you draw your own conclusions…or if it is off limits to that kind of activity?
    Your line, ‘i am a pretty weak theologian on my own’ i hope is the mantra of every theologian, scholastic or everyday!

  3. Great question. I guess it depends what you see as a “job” or a theologian. For example, theologians teach academic courses, tutor seminarians and run research projects – will that be done away with?
    Also, a great many of the opportunities to publish and disseminate the fruits of theological thought are still closed to any but those with qualifications, denominational acceptance, or both.
    On the other hand, a great deal of the best theology, not only today but through church history, has been written by people who did not “earn their living” as academic theologians. I think the biggest millstone around the neck of the scholars is their failure to produce much that speaks directly to our current cultural and missional needs.

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