Beware Theological Dissection ~ BitterSweetLife

Friday, September 28, 2007

Beware Theological Dissection

Sometimes, as Emily Dickinson wrote, "We murder to dissect." You can chew on this quote from Telford Work for awhile.

Theological and practical distinctions are necessary to the clarity and integrity of the good news. But when we turn distinctions into disconnections—isolating individual salvation from reconciliation, atonement from eschatology, Israel from Church, Church from world, justification from sanctification, creation from salvation—we leave them divided and conquered. - Telford Work, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, 167


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elixir said...

The Dickinson quote makes me think of Kierkegaard's warnings of the danger of slipping into a parenthesis.

"Much fear and trembling will be needed lest he fall into temptation and confuse knowledge with faith." - Kierkegaard, "Postscript"


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