Balanced Theology 08-24-2017

Today religious people are plagued by too narrow a pursuit of orthodoxy on the one hand or dispensing with orthodoxy altogether on the other.

If the theologian defines orthodoxy too narrowly she succumbs to exclusive trains of thought, which are subtle forms of violence. If, on the other hand, the theologian throws her hands up and claims ultimate unknowability, she betrays her faith tradition and leaves the gate open for any imposter.

If there’s no measuring rod of faith, no banks to the river—that faith, that river, will begin to become indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape. And eventually the river will be no more. This is the ultimate threat of new age phenomena—that culture will influence faith for the worse, rather than faith influencing culture for the better.

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