Friday, September 30, 2005
We have long regarded the work of theology to be a serious task to be left only to professionals. In my estimation, we presume much if we believe that our “professional theologians” have what it takes to master the Divine. When you really stop to think about it, theology (the study of God and his ways!) has become only another modernist attempt to subjugate all things to the scientific method. The whole enterprise must be seen as, on one level, humorous and on another, quite silly. Further, it is equally naïve to think that we can ever free ourselves from context when we do theology; we cannot escape the world we live in. So our supposed “objective theology” is shown to be quite contextual- namely the Western, white, protestant males of a certain class, perspective and agenda. The gravity with which we have handled theology must be replaced with an honest playfulness, because our current systems of conquest and control “constitute something of an emergency.” (W. Brueggemann) It is dangerous, presumptuous and ridiculous to stay where we are. Isn't this all the language of relationship? Not a quest to "figure out" the other, but to have a relational encounter filled with gratitude, awe and delight (D. Allender).
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