New York Times: Rigorous Theology is Good

Op-ed columnist David Brooks, confirming what the Bible has always taught about tight-fisted theology in his piece, “Creed or Chaos“:

The only problem with “The Book of Mormon” (you realize when thinking about it later) is that its theme is not quite true. Vague, uplifting, nondoctrinal religiosity doesn’t actually last. The religions that grow, succor and motivate people to perform heroic acts of service are usually theologically rigorous, arduous in practice and definite in their convictions about what is True and False.

That’s because people are not gods. No matter how special some individuals may think they are, they don’t have the ability to understand the world on their own, establish rules of good conduct on their own, impose the highest standards of conduct on their own, or avoid the temptations of laziness on their own.

The religions that thrive have exactly what “The Book of Mormon” ridicules: communal theologies, doctrines and codes of conduct rooted in claims of absolute truth.

He then goes on to explain the advantages of “rigorous theology” (numbering mine):

  1. Rigorous theology provides believers with a map of reality.
  2. Rigorous theology allows believers to examine the world intellectually as well as emotionally.
  3. Rigorous theology helps people avoid mindless conformity [to culture].
  4. Rigorous theology delves into mysteries in ways that are beyond most of us.
  5. Rigorous codes of conduct allow people to build their character.

Read the whole thing for more.

HT: Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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