Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Pastor as Theologian

We often hear comments that say something like "let's just be practical and not worry about theology." These comments imply the belief that theology is dry stuff with no real application to every day life. However, this very statement is a theological statement, drawing on the philosophy of pragmatism. What becomes the guiding principle of our practice if being practical is what it is all about? Does not this make us more vulnerable to false ideas because we have processed things uncritically? Al Mohler, Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes a three part series on The Pastor as Theologian: http://theologica.blogspot.com/2006/04/mohler-pastor-as-theologian.html. He states that "The pastor who is no theologian is no pastor."

1 comment:

A said...

eugene peterson agrees; he said that theology should be practical or what's the point? or something like that :)