Theology as the Acquisition of Wisdom: Reorienting Theological Education

From: Volume 3NS, Issue 1: Spring 1999 Pages 127-139

Abstract

Theological schools often capitulate to the academy's public, critical rationality, or to the church's desire for skilled practitioners, or to both. These choices are a reaction to the Enlightenment's influence on the task of theology, which required it to be scientific in order to make truth claims. Two trends may enable us to reorient the theological task, and thereby theological education. First, we should view theology as the acquisition of wisdom, of biblical discernment for the covenant obedience of God's people. Second, we must acquire wisdom through a theologically-informed use of Scripture. The result would be theological schools which communicate virtue-forming and virtue-formed knowledge, which teach the character and skill of wisdom rather than mere knowledge, which teach the character and skill of wisdom rather than mere knowledge content, and which structure the theological disciplines around the unified task of acquiring wisdom.

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