Of Blogging and Theology

It would seem that I’ve let the theological side of things come out a bit more since moving here to WordPress. I hope that’s not too much of an issue, even though I do have the MMM arena to play in.

Theology is ultimately personal and as such should have some kind of outlet – physically and virtually; spoken, written, practiced, or prayed. And that’s some of why I’ve been puling up the lid here a bit towards things that I’ve kept personal or in certain conversational circles. I think that personally, we owe it to ourselves to poke and question hy we believe what we do – and then grapple as needed with the living out of such faith.

I’ve finished my reading of Frank Viloa’s From Eternity to Here and have now moved into reading a book given to me by another friend called Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostle’s Creed. This book is a collection of essays, journals, and sermons breaking down the elements of the Apostle’s Creed. I’m finding it exciting so far because its not just stretching me mentally, but its also challenging me to think on those core fatih statements – creeds – that any person of any faith would have.

Creeds are important to me. Its this area of my faith in which I am still working it out. Its easy to just say “I believe” because we are engrained to. But, its harder to make that statement and have investigated your own heart and mind as to why. As part of the 5Cs approach that I work through with other brothers, this idea of building a personal creed – a creed that finds its foundations in personal faith and collective history of the [Christian] faith – has become a bit of foundational fun.

As I read this collection, I am a bit astonished though that I’ve not heard more people talk on the subject of creeds. Some of this I can blame on the Prostestant roots of the churchs and fellowships that I’ve attended. Many of them just didn’t understand the history of their faith as such to ask the question of creeds (and other foundational pieces to faith) so that it could be explained. The lack of attention to history is distrubing, and probably points towards the reason for so many people having a problem with faith and church today – and yet the application of understanding basic creeds and prayers would go very far in taking down that intelligence bump.

I expect that this book on the Apostle’s Creed will take me a while to get though. I’ve read too much of it already today where I should have sat longer on reflecting. But, that’s part of the reason on coming here to blog about my theology – this idea of taking some of what I’ve read today and reflecting on it – “God as Creator or Progenor of all,” “in the beginning being a continued work of creation,” etc. This is one of those many places where these ideas and humps need to be talked about and eventually shared with those who are here to read.

Even on a day like this where rest has been the primary voice in my head, I still have time to think on why I believe even this is ordained in my being. Surely, creation didn’t start off as well with God blogging – and yet when he spoke, bits and bytes did change the course of history. Amazing the similarity – now I just need to live through understanding how even this moment is created in His image.

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  1. ARJ,

    I am so excited that you get to dig into Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostle’s Creed! It’s an assigned textbook for my Christian Theology class in Fall 2010. I hope to get a head’s start on it and converse with you on it.

    I just ordered Jaroslav Pelikan’s Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition.

    I’ve been interested in study of the creeds since last fall. I think understanding them in their historical and theological contexts should stimulate contemporary critical appropriation even among those from Free Church traditions (Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostal/charismatics, etc.). Blessings and ttyl.

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