Saturday, September 16, 2006

On the Nature of Doctrine

I came across an incissive quote by Alister McGrath on the nature of doctrine that I think certainly fosters humility in theological pursuit and thought I would pass it on. He asserts that we must remember that doctrines are:

"...perceptions, not total descriptions, pointing beyond themselves toward the greater mystery of God Himself."*

This does not imply that they are not accurate or adequate; rather only that they are not exhaustive in their articulation. After all, this is really nothing more than a corollary of the hermeneutical spiral (you could even say a necessary corollary, but that's a whole nuther issue). Perhaps a greater appreciation for this observation would foster greater unity in the body.


* From Genesis of Doctrine, p. 17 as cited by Kevin Vanhoozer in First Theology p. 148.

4 comments:

smlogan said...

i'm resis[s]ting temptation, mihelis - but you're don't make it easy.

Luther's Stein said...

Logan,
Could you once make a comment on the substance of a post and not on its speling? I am tempting you ardnt I?

smlogan said...

not really...
whenever i'm confronted with your psycho-babble, i quote scripture and am promptly delivered from your hedgemonic vices.

Pitchford said...

Speaking of mi[d]sspellings...