Monday, August 15, 2011

The Mission of Theology

Every so often I find myself in the middle of an existential crisis. What on earth am I doing studying theology? What's the point of this alien discipline? Wouldn't I be better off just getting on with the real stuff of life?

Then I am reminded of the home of theology, and where I need to be:

Christian theology is relevant because it fulfills its mission: shaping a community of peace.

So says David K. Clark in his essay on "narrative apologetics". The message is disturbingly simple:

Outside of a community of peace, theologians are of all people most to be pitied.

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