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Theology is…

19 August, 2009

Something to chew on from Southern Baptist Seminary professor Russel Moore:

Theology is helping a shellshocked widow clean up after a suicide. Theology is about crying with a teenage boy who’s body is shaking with crystal meth. Theology drives you to rock orphans in India, singing “Jesus Loves Me” while you pray they learn what that means. Theology is hugging an animist African’s neck while you tell him Jesus can protect him from the spirits he fears…or hugging a self-righteous Southern Baptist American’s neck while you tell him he doesn’t fear those demonic spirits nearly enough.

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4 Comments
  1. wjhinson permalink
    25 August, 2009 5:55 pm

    I was reading RRC last night and came across this statement, “According to Frame’s definition of theology, there is no real distinction between what Scripture says and one’s application… of Scripture to a given situation by a given person.” This was in the context of discussing the RPW and it wasn’t an endorsement of Frame’s position but rather a critique. Now this may not have anything to do with Moore’s statement, but as I read his quote I couldn’t help but think of the sentence I just quoted. Do you think Moore is guilty of doing what Frame has done, i.e. is he redefining theology or is he just trying to make a some kind of point?

    • 27 August, 2009 8:39 pm

      wjh~

      I’m honestly not familiar with Moore’s broader views. If he’s attempting to redefine theology, it’s not immediately apparent from the context of the article from which the quote was taken — and, more basically, my reason for citing it was to ruminate on the immense applicability of robust theology in all of life and ministry.

      At any rate, thanks for giving me the chance to clarify that my post was neither an endorsement nor a critique of whatever Moore’s broader views may be.
      ~B

  2. Mark permalink
    21 November, 2009 11:49 pm

    Wondering your thoughts on this blog / clip:

    http://loga-abdullah.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-reasons.html

    All the best.

    • 23 November, 2009 9:54 pm

      Mark~

      I for one am not really able to take this up at the moment, as my plate is already full, and saying nothing is better than saying something poorly.

      I will, say, however, that I’ve benefitted quite a lot in this respect from the work of Sam Solomon, a former Shari’ah jurist who is now a Christian.

      Here is a very thorough list of materials from him on the Christian conviction of the identity of Jesus in light of Muslim views:

      http://answering-islam.org/Who/index.html

      Hope this stands in some way as a good substitute for my own musings,
      ~B

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