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Friday, November 16, 2007

Humility in Theology

Growth often requires humility. Humility to acknowledge where we have failed, that we don't know it all, and we may have gotten something wrong. My generalization may not be accurate, but I usually don't think of theologians as people of great humility. That's what made this statement from Roger Olson so priceless:

This style of doctrine does not eschew correct doctrine or propositions or the Great Tradition of Christian belief but subjects all to the greater authority of divine revelation in Jesus Christ and Scripture, which may at any time break forth in new light that correct what has always been believed and taught by Christians. That style demands humility, generosity, and openness of spirit in conducting the work of theology and handling the cognitive content of the faith (p. 65 from Reformed and Always Reforming).

It is with true humility that we should approach theology. Knowing that we do not know it all, and acknowledging that there are others who can guide us in growth and knowledge, always asking God to speak to us and help us grow in transformation.

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