Ben’s theological confessions meme is taking off at the moment. And, as I’m the kind of person who likes to steal, bastardize, and parrot ideas, here’s something similar: Theological Proclamations. Of course the utility of something like this is that you can be a lot less contrite and confessiony about things and feel free to let the theological crankiness roam. I have no illusions about this becoming another meme, but if you feel like posting your own, go for it!
I proclaim: That Kim Fabricius has done what Carl Henry and evangelicals everywhere have always dreamed of: making the word ‘proposition’ into something theologically tolerable. If only they liked the content of his propositions…
I proclaim: That narrative theology is not a dead end!
I proclaim: That Radical Orthodoxy is pretty much all bullshit. Maybe all of it.
I proclaim: That one of my biggest theological fantasies is beating John Milbank about the head and shoulders with tire iron.
I proclaim: That Thomas Aquinas is neither the best nor worst of the western theological tradition. He is great on some things and out to lunch on some others.
I proclaim: That Anabaptism and Roman Catholicism have the most to teach the church universal.
I proclaim: That monks, not politicos, economists, or soldiers deserve the credit for the preservation of western civilization.
I proclaim: That infant baptism obscures the gospel and is one of the most problematic ecclesial practices to come out of Christendom. And it did come out of Christendom.
I proclaim: That any theologian worth his salt should drink beer!
I proclaim: That evangelicalism in North America (at least) is a theological and ecclesial dead end.
I proclaim: That Moltmann my be careless and wrong about a lot of things, but he deserves a really, really, careful reading. And you can learn some great truths from everything he writes.
I proclaim: That German Theology is not the future. In fact its pretty much run its course.
I proclaim: That Lesslie Newbigin is the only modern authority that has carte blanche authority on missiological issues.
I proclaim: That the future of theology will be in eccleisal communities, not the academy. In fact I don’t really think that theology can really be done in the academy at all. It just lives off its ecclesial inertia.