Thursday, 15 December 2005

Theologians and pastors

“If ... all true theologians also participate in the leadership of the church, and all who are active in church government live also within the theological arena, it follows that both an ecclesial interest and a scientific spirit must be united in each person.... If the opposite were the case, then the scholar would no longer be a theologian.... Likewise, the clergyman’s activity would lack both the skill and the foresight of good leadership, degenerating into a mere muddle of attempted influence.”

—Friedrich Schleiermacher, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1966), §12.

1 Comment:

Sean du Toit said...

Excellent!

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