Theology: Why So Serious?

"God's Light Reading" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“God’s Light Reading” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Wouldn’t this be great to hang in your study as a reminder to not take yourself too seriously in your theological endeavors? Or give the original drawing to a theologian friend of yours! (GO HERE!)

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), in his final days, confessed, “All I have written seems like straw to me.

Karl Barth (1886-1968) imagined that the angels laughed among themselves when they saw him pushing his cart-load of Church Dogmatics.

In fact, Barth believed that “Humor is the opposite of all self-admiration and self-praise” (CD III/4, p. 665).

Scientists abide by a code that all conclusions are falsifiable. That is, they are always provisional and will likely be disproven as further discoveries and conclusions are made. It’s the same with theology.

Not that all that has gone before is rejected, for theology develops, as science does, by building on what has preceded.

Conclusions are to held lightly.

So… let’s laugh together!

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4 Replies to “Theology: Why So Serious?”

  1. Amen! Our understanding of God changes as we age, and go through the phases of life.

    And you are right that keeping a sense of humor about the whole affair makes all those changes so much easier! LOL! 😉

  2. “Why So Serious?”
    Money, politics, and control are all serious things. As is ego, which Barth hit on in that quote.

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