Thursday, May 24, 2012

Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Prolegomena 3

Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Prolegomena 1 
Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Prolegomena 2 
Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Prolegomena 3  


Why do we need theology? In his book Christian Theology, Millard Erickson offers three reasons why theology remains contemporary and necessary.

1.  Theology is important because correct doctrinal beliefs are essential to the relationship between the believer and God. (30)
2. Theology is necessary because truth and experience are related. (30)
3.  Theology is needful because of the large number of alternatives and challenges abroad at the present time. (31)

The second point is worth exploring. Erickson writes:

Theology is necessary because truth and experience are related. While some would deny or at least question this connection, in the long run the truth will affect our experience. a person who falls from the tenth story of a building may shout while passing each window on the way down, "I'm still doing fine," and may mean it, but eventually the facts of the matter will catch up with the person's experience. We may continue to live on happily for hours and even days after a close loved one has, unknown to us, passed away, but again the truth will come with crushing effect on our experience. Since the meaning and truth of the Christian faith will eventually have ultimate bearing on our experience, we must come to grips with them. (30-31)

This is why every great pastor needs to be a capable and competent theologian.


For more:
Blogizomai - Repost | "Life's Biggest Questions" by Erik Thoennes
Reviews - The Top 5 Essential Works of Theology of the Past 25 Years
Reviews - "Doctrine"
Reviews - "The Good News We Almost Forgot
Reviews - "Dug Down Deep" by Josh Harris
Reviews - "Heresy"
Reviews - "Christianity's Dangerous Idea" by Alister McGrath
Reviews - "The Theology of the Reformers"
Blogizomai - Repost | Schreiner on the Practice of Inaugurated Eschatology
logizomai - We Are All Theologians:  The Root of Everything We Are and Do
Blogizomai - Lewis on Practical Theology
Blogizomai - The Meaning & Implications of the Resurrection
Blogizomai - Lewis on Practical Theology
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