Warning: I am not yet satisfied with my answer to the question I’m wrestling with below, in part because I lack clarity about it in my own mind. This probably means it’s not written very clearly and therefore may be frustrating to follow. Sorry! Proceed at your own risk. 🙂 Also, I’m interrupting the Revelation series just for today; I’ll pick it back up tomorrow.
What makes a great theologian? This is a question my friend Jim asked me and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. It could be taken in one of two ways. The first focuses on the theologian her/himself. In this case the answer would include prayer, serious study of Scripture, knowledge of history, commitment to the local church, active discipleship, humility, etc, etc. The second focuses on the theology of the theologian – What makes great theology? I think this was what he meant, or it is at least what I’ve thought about more, so I’ll take it in that direction. In the first comment box I’ll share some resources for each as well as whom I credit for what. First, a brief (chiastic) outline: