November 10th, 2007


Building My Own Theology

I can write passionately and articulately about social, political, and moral issues.  The media’s preoccupation with across-the-world child molesters, Senator’s bathroom habits, and the rescue of little children who’ve fallen down wells get me ranting about our seemingly endless ability to focus on the myopically sensational and tragic-yet-unimportant in life.  These stories can really get me going and eager for time at the keyboard.

My theology, on the other hand, isn’t a cause I can either march or type for.

I just finished a six-week course at church designed to help us think about our personal theology.  The final exercise was to write down our thoughts to share with the other class members. I learned that I have little desire to convince or enlist others in my beliefs.  Putting down on paper a compendium of my take on the deepest issues raises only the shallowest of interest.

Writing makes an exact man, according to Sir Francis Bacon. But I have no desire to write theological  statements more detailed than the granularity of the data they are based on. Describing life and death and God from an all-encompassing perspective creates a burden of consistency and thoroughness which I feel inadequate to meet.
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