Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tillich, 1948. Chapter 15, "The Theologian (Part 2)"

Chapter 15, “The Theologian (Part 2)” pp. 122-125

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

The theologian is one who believes Christ in spite of doubt. He is committed to the Church no matter. But how does he engage in ministry? The apostle and minister are theologians. How do they work? Paul says he becomes all things to all men. As he looks at ideals in the world he uses them. They contain something good and useful. The theologian seeks out what is good in each world view. He doesn’t confuse his theology or mix it with what is false, but he uses the good he finds all around him. Above all, as Paul became weak for the weak, the theologian flees from self-certainty. He looks for truth which can be relied upon, not that which is resident in himself.

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