Thursday 20 April 2006

Theology and personal conviction

“A dogmatic treatment of doctrine is not possible without personal conviction.... It is to be required of every evangelical student of theology that he or she be engaged in forming a personal conviction regarding every proper locus of doctrine.”

—Friedrich Schleiermacher, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology, pp. 72, 78.


Anonymous said...

True theologians are indeed those who experience the content of their theology, their intellectual explorations informed by faith (commitment) - and, of course, prayer. Separations in the theological enterprise - whether between faith and reason, or spirtuality and doctrine, or dogmatics and ethics - always spells disaster.

::aaron g:: said...

True. Knowing and Being cannot be separated. This is why Thomas Groome points us toward an epistimic ontology.

Edward Farley calls this habitus.

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