On this date in 1968, a remarkable year, the great theologian Karl Barth wrote a letter in which, among other things, he said this: "In the Church of Jesus Christ there can be and should be no non-theologians."
You will find similar expressions in many places and from many people, including in the first chapter of Shirley C. Guthrie's excellent book Christian Doctrine, in which he says we're all theologians whether we want to be or not and that one of our goals should be to be modest theologians.
I think the idea that we're all theologians is true far beyond Christianity. It's true of all humanity, whether we are adherents of a particular religion or not.
Theology, after all, is the study of God, and it requires at least some study of the subject even to conclude that God does not exist.
So as I begin another year of offering you this daily blog about faith matters, I remind you of your responsibility to be a modest theologian, which is to say one who recognizes the limits of human intellect in saying anything at all about God.
As the year goes on here, I hope to help you (and me) with the task of theology. In the end, what question is more important than the one about the nature of God and our relationship to God?
If you regularly read this blog through Facebook or link to it through Twitter, I give you full permission not simply to leave me a comment or hit "like" on FB but to share the post and retweet it. If everybody on the planet is a theologian, after all, I'd like for everyone to drop in here. And so far there are several billion folks who've never been here. So have at it, friends. And onward to an enlightening theological year.
(I found the image you see here today here.)
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2014 BLESSINGS ALL AROUND
Someone over at the Huffington Post has compiled all these blessings for the new year from various religious voices. Kind of a nice way to start the year.