Monday, April 26, 2010

More on Heresy

Here is a little quote from Donald Miller's blog. I thought it was pretty interesting and relates a bit to some of the other things I have said recently here.  Just some more food for thought.
"We commonly believe that the Evil One wants us to teach bad theology, and I suppose he does. But what he wants to do more is to have us teach right theology in a way that devalues human beings, insults and belittles them, and so sets them against the loving message of God.
So if we teach right theology in a way that is condescending, we are just as guilty as being heretics. That’s why the Bible spends as much or more time talking about love as it does about doctrine. My guess is we love doctrine because it makes us feel superior, but neglect love because it calls for personal sacrifice and vulnerability." - Donald Miller  (read the rest here)


1 comment:

Tucker Russell said...

Overall I agree with Donald Miller. There is a preoccupation with the kind of propositional, abstract theology that can be treated like a math equation and argued for as correct or incorrect. This is a domestication of faith. Turning faith into something we can control and even achieve a sense of ownership over, "MY interpretation or position is more correct than yours". Love does the opposite, calls us to abandon control, rightness, and ownership of the situation. To give ourselves away.

I am interested, though, in how we integrate these two areas. How do we develop language and images for God that are meaningful in prayer and worship, and by the same token motivate us to an ethic of love and inclusion.