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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Theological Acid Test

A friend and I were discussing certain theological positions that appear to be governed more by the prevailing world view of the people involved and less by faithful Biblical exegesis. I came across a quote by Dallas Willard on Just Wondering which, very succinctly, gives a good measure for theological propositions:

"The acid test for any theology is this: Is the God presented one that can be loved heart, mind, soul and strength? If the thoughtful answer is; 'Not really,' then we need to look elsewhere or deeper."

3 comments:

Tauratinzwe said...

Great quote!

Too often the god we try to present as God is far less than lovable or even loving.

Colin A. Lamm said...

For some reason I am reminded of the quote attributed to Albert Schweitzer who said that "theologians are those who look down the deep dark well of Biblical criticism only to see a reflection of themselves at the bottom."

Too often we all present a god more in our own image (our thoughts, feelings, wishes, desires and hopes) than we do the God who is. If God be merely a reflection of fallen humanity then there is nothing in Him worthy of love.

Les said...

I have seen that Schweitzer quote before in regard to Liberal Theology but as I have said to a friend of mine - "we are all only one step removed from pharasaism"