N.T. Wright uses the “steering wheel” to make some good points about justification in his new book, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision. Arguing for reading the words translated “righteousness” in the Old and New Testaments in their historic contexts, Wright suggests we may have found a shorthand word in justification that we are asking to do more than “steer the car.” Context means something.
Conversations about theology run rampant around the Internet and Interwebs. Some would as soon pitch those forays as immense wastes of time. And, indeed some are. But, many have kept and lost their “faith” attempting to answer some of the not so simple questions. Assuming those who question their faith simply possess an antagonistic bent is to miss the depths of the human experience that looks for, if not demands, some explanation – even if one is not available. We are just that way.
Enter Bob Hyatt. Suggesting theology is only the purview of pastors (issues of pastoral care and the care of the soul) is akin to arguing only academics get theology. The matter is one of an inherent elitism if not intellectual snobbery. But, to dismiss theology as un-necessary is to proceed as though questions of/about god/God matter to no one of consequence. Bob offers some great thoughts considering the question, “Theology?”
Take him up and read his post offer some suggestions. If you like come back here and let’s carry on the conversation as well.