PRAYER: Theology Is Prayer: Prayer Is Theology by Bernard Häring

November 13, 2014

From Prayer: The Integration of Faith and Life Whoever wants to make a contribution to theology has to do hard and careful work, has to dedicate himself to painstaking scientific research in whatever fields may lead him to an ever better knowledge of God and man.  He must submit himself to scientific method, must have a knowledge of languages and of the social and cultural context of scripture and later traditions.  He needs intuition, a sense of synthesis and expertise in history, in order to assess the context in which the church has worked out her doctrine and life, and thus distinguish the mainstream of divine tradition from ossified human traditions. Obviously, then, to be a good theologian, piety alone does not suffice.  Yet it [...]

MORNING DEW: On Theology, by C. S. Lewis

February 11, 2013

From The Joyful Christian Everyone has warned me not to tell you what I am going to tell you. . . .  They all say, “the ordinary reader does not want Theology; give him plain practical religion.”  I have rejected their advice.  I do not think the ordinary reader is such a fool.  Theology means “the science of God,” and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about him which are available.  You are not children: why should you be treated like children? In a way, I quite understand why some people are put off by Theology.  I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the R.A.F., an old, hard-bitten officer got up and said, “I’ve [...]