Thinking about theology

Just looking at this blog and thinking…

That I haven’t had any real profound thoughts in a long while. Not that what follows is in any way close to profound.

Although tonight we had fun discussing Mary and some of the differences between Catholic and Protestant beliefs about her. And I brought along my great big heavy book of excerpts from Karl Rahner’s writings. The bit about the immaculate conception was a bit obscure in its discussion of this but I could understand the part where he states something to the effect that Mary was unique in that from the beginning God willed her to be perfectly obedient so that his plans for our salvation would take place.

But there are times when these deep theological matters really don’t seem to matter. I doubt we understand the half of it. How can we. We look at things after the fact and try to make sense of things that are too big for us to ever understand. And so we set up barriers to communication between different branches of the church and between people.

I wonder who pleases God more – theologians developing arguments or some poor soul out there handing out a blanket to some unknown street person who knows no theology other than love.


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3 responses to “Thinking about theology

  1. This is a great point that we have been wrestling with too. Not to sound contrary, we have learned that both of those examples, in the long term, can both please God and disappoint Him. I have seen many well intentioned people serve among the poor only to spread despair and condemnation due to bad theology. I have also found people with beautiful and moving theology who rarely step out of the pristine sanctuary of academia. We need each other big time.


  2. linealanoie

    I think in the final analysis, we need good theology and good practice of our faith.

    When it comes to working out our faith, putting it into action, which is perhaps the best test of its validity, both those of other branches of God’s church and ourselves have more in common than we have differences. So, someone else’s theology may differ on various points(what I would call the non-essentials) but if they live out their faith in a way that gives honor and glory to God by how they love others in Christ’s name, I will willingly acknowledge that they are my brothers and sisters in Christ. We will share a relationship in Christ that makes the differences fade into the background.

  3. Linea – I’ve not felt the need to blog ‘theology’ for some time. Plenty of thoughts, but none it seems important to type out and post.