2011 Archives

Theology and White Noise

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The following was posted to Patheos.com on Oct. 24, 2011. SMU theology professor Fred Schmidt contributed this story.

November 1, 2011

By Frederick Schmidt

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It is difficult to explain to people why theology might be important—even critical to their spiritual well being. To many it is a pointless exercise.

That's understandable. Theologians have done a poor job of communicating with the larger Christian community. We have persisted in using obscure language. We often fail to do the hard work of translating our work and explaining its relevance. Worse yet, we have often misrepresented the Gospel and the church....