Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Well Said!

This about sums it up for me, and I absolutely love the creativity used in this video.


  1. This was great! I really appreciated it...thanks for posting.

  2. This leaves me with mixed feelings actually. The last statement is where I think it goes off the rails. I agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly - theology does matter for all those reasons (and more). But to leave us with the truly modernist notion that we can end up with absolute truth claims through doing theology properly propagates the lie of the Enlightenment. It is not that there is no truth, I'm not a relativist, but making this claim narrows theology in a way that isn't helpful. Maybe I'm too invested, I am an academic theologian (as well as a practical theologian in the sense that the video implies we all are - something I also claim) but I think that the narrowing of theology leads to an impoverished view of God. Certainty is not helpful when it short circuits the quest of faith seeking understanding.

  3. Anselm's famous quote of "faith seeking understanding" has long been a favourite of mine, as well.

    I know you're not the relativist type, so please know that I'm not lumping you in with them with this response.

    I've just gotten a wee bit weary with all the hyper-certainty of those who claim we can't have certainty. All the while espousing very "certain" beliefs about salvation, the atonement, evangelism, and the afterlife. And mercilessly bashing any who would dare to disagree.

    Anslem's observation -- faith seeking understanding -- is meaningless and trite, if understanding is ultimately impossible to find.

  4. I think I hear that. I was chatting with a friend this summer about the tension of being a charismatic (post-charismatic if you will) and a thinker. As a charismatic I really believe that when we encounter God we encounter God and not some construct of our imaginations. In fact the beliefs that are generated from such encounters are those things I'd willingly lay my life down for. But on the other hand I have to take seriously that we mediate all truth claims through our context, community, expectations, etc. Theology gives that place where those ideas can be explored and pushed. I'm hoping to find a balance in there, so to me the narrowing struck me as unbalanced.

    I guess cause I really liked the first part of the video I was disappointed in the second and had a hard time reconciling them.

    It could be wearisome, but I think it is worth finding the ground that will let us all grow in our understanding and ability to live out faith.