quod pro nobis traditum est

Thursday, May 31, 2007

more on theology

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word." (Jn. 14) The Gospel for Pentecost is full of theology. The Holy Spirit creates the holy Church and teaches her all things. The Holy Trinity dwells in His Church breathing the words of her Lord in the liturgy.
Theology and the liturgy are good things.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

the value of (theological) books

"Differences in expression or expansion or analysis of ideas are judged ipso facto as doctrinally deviant. In an artificially controlled atmosphere, theology dies."

The above quote by a theologian, who was addressing a different matter, appears to apply also quite well to the discussion of theology on e-mail lists and blogs.

Online discussion is quite interesting. For example, in discussing the liturgy one may be considered an anti-nomian and a legalist - at the same time. Hmmm.

On the other hand, when online discussion leads to confusion, or just confusion, there are always books. Books force you to listen, without talking back to you. Maybe theology still has a chance . . .

Thursday, May 17, 2007

the scriptural tradition

As one who is neither Catholic nor Evangelical, or maybe one who is Both/And, these comments on sola scriptura are worth the read. (You'll need to scroll down the link a bit.)

Apart from the intriguing account of the conversion of a prominent Evangelical, Fr. Neuhaus points out that it was St. Athanasius in 367 A.D. who "was the first to name the twenty-seven books of the New Testament as canonical."

In other words, the Scriptures are never alone. They are preached, heard and prayed in the midst of God's people in the Church. They are recognized as inspired and authoritative by the Church for her guidance in a common tradition by the Holy Spirit since they are revelation of God Himself in Jesus Christ.