Monday, January 31, 2011

How Important is Theology?

Here is a good interview with Michael Horton, author of a new systematic theology entitled: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan, 2010). (HT Darryl Dash)

I have my copy ordered and am looking forward to reading it with great anticipation. Here is one of the most interesting questions and answers from the interview:

Matthew: If there was one thing you could say to pastors about the need for good theology, what would it be?

Horton: We’re soul doctors. Not only do medical doctors dedicate years to formal instruction, they are regularly engaged in seminars, conferences, and training programs for continuing education. We all want doctors who not only have good bedside manner and can manage a staff; we look for expertise in the healing field.

Similarly, bad theology can be deadly. According to the latest Pew study, evangelical Christians trailed atheists and Mormons in understanding basics of the Bible and Christian doctrine as well as other religions. Something is wrong, and part of that is the false choice that many assume when it comes to doctrine and life, creeds and deeds, knowing and doing.

Read Part I of the interview here. Part II is supposed to be posted today.

Update: Now it is up here.

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