Saturday, 21 July 2012

Concise Theology


…as in, I've just finished reading it. A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs is the subtitle. J. I. Packer is the author (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois, 1993). What a mind and what a lovely clear thinker and writer. On illumination and being a theologian:
Luther’s dictum that three things make a theologian: oratio (prayer), meditatio (thinking in God’s presence about the text), and tentatio (trial, the struggle for biblical fidelity in the face of pressure to disregard what Scripture says).
There's been a North American Anglican fail in the latter, methinks. We need more tentatio makers.