Historically, the church’s most influential theologians were churchmen—pastors, priests, and bishops. Clerics such as Athanasius, Augustine (indeed, nearly all the church Fathers), Anselm, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Edwards, and Wesley functioned as the wider theologians of their day—shaping not only the theological vision of their own parishes, but that of the wider church. In their day, the pastoral community represented the most influential, most insightful, and most articulate body of theologians.Read the whole column. Good stuff.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Who are our leading theologians? Good question!
Pastors need to be our leading theologians. Not professors. To which this professor says, "Amen!"