The Responsibility of “Public Theologising”

JI Packer, reflecting on what the Puritans have taught him:

“If our theology does not quicken the conscience or soften the heart, it actually hardens both; if it does not encourage the commitment of faith, it reinforces the detachment of belief; if it fails to promote humility, it inevitably feeds pride. So one who theologises in public, whether formally in the pulpit, on the podium or in print, or informally in the armchair, must think hard about the effect his thoughts will have on people – God’s people, and other people… The sociological remoteness of theological colleges, seminaries, and university faculties of theology from the true life of the church makes it easy to forget this…”

A Quest for Godliness, page 15.

D.

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