November 10, 2010

On Being a Theologian

Bill Tammeus, former Faith columnist for the Kansas City Star and current blogger on Faith Matters, recently introduced his readers to a new book with the following thoughts:

Like it or not, each of us is a theologian -- even people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, freethinkers or even misotheists. That's because each of us ultimately comes to some conclusion about whether God exists and, if so, what the nature of God is.

So the question is not whether we'll be theologians. The question is what kind of theologians we'll be. For many people of faith, sadly, the answer is: uneducated, careless or sometimes know-it-all. Instead, I think we're called to be thoughtful, educated and modest theologians, recognizing that our finite minds cannot, in the end, fully grasp the infinite.

Which brings me to today's question:  What kind of theologian are you?  How much time do you devote to study in order to come to a clearer understanding of who God is to you?  How much time do you spend reflecting on the nature of God?  Has your understanding of God changed at all since you were in elementary school?  Think about it!  Think about God.

Prayer:  Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of all Life; hear our prayers this day.  
Hear the prayers that come from our lips, from our hearts, and from our minds.
Sense the prayers that are unspoken but which are part of our very being.
Observe the prayers we express with our hands and feet in service to others.
Guide us in moments of silence and reflection as we seek to better understand your nature.
Lead us this day that in all we do, we may be in prayer with you.  Amen.