Way back when, Ben Myers posted a meme, about getting theologically “out of the closet” by confessing their idiosyncratic and/or slightly impolite theological beliefs. Here’s the thing about “theological confessions”: they tend to change pretty substantially the more one reads and studies. Or at least mine do. Its not as though fundamental convictions tend to change readily, rather it our sensibilities, tastes, nuances, and emphases that tend to be fluid.
Indeed, when I look over my old list, I am quite embarrassed about a few of them. So, here is a new list of my confessions, which I imagine I will be quite embarrassed about in a year or so:
I confess: I think Karl Barth is the most important theologian of the modern age. No question.
I confess: Sometimes the word “Sola” is necessary for faithful theology and discipleship.
I confess: I think Rowan Williams is the best theologian writing today.
I confess: I think that John Howard Yoder has more to teach us about how to do theology, and the nature of Christology, and ecumenical theology than anyone else in recent theological history.
I confess: I think that Robert Jenson, John Webster, and Bruce McCormack are the best readers of Barth writing today.
I confess: I think that Herbert McCabe was perhaps the smartest modern Catholic theologian.
I confess: I think most attempts to redefine apatheia in recent theology are misguided and misleading.
I confess: I think that the Johannine literature of the New Testament may be the most subversive sector of biblical literature vis a vis modern sensibilities.
I confess: I think the fashionable attempts to contend that “Constantinianism” was not a real thing is just wishful thinking shrouded in silly notions of good ecumenical manners.
I confess: I think that the fashionable attempts to narrate the history of Christian theology as if “Hellenic” influences were not a deeply problematic thing are naive, misguided, and only sustainable on the basis of a lack of critical engagement with the actual historical sources.