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learning theology

The following is from p. XIV of Alister McGrath's An Introduction to Christian Theology.

As a professional teacher of theology at Oxford University, I am painfully aware that this sense of enthusiasm and excitement is rare among university and seminary students of theology. They are more often baffled and bewildered by the frequently confusing vocabulary of Christian theology, the apparent unintelligibility of much recent writing in the field, and its seeming irrelevance to the practical issues of Christian living and ministry. As someone who believes that Christian theology is amongst the most rewarding, fulfilling, and genuinely exciting subjects anyone can ever hope to study, I have often been depressed by this situation, and wondered if anything could be done about it. This book, which arises out of a decade of teaching theology to undergraduates and seminarians at Oxford University, is a response to that concern.

At least I am not alone in being baffled by the terminology... I should say that I am also hindered by the complex sentence structure. I spend so much time decoding what I'm reading that I lose track of the thoughts. My difficulty is not with comprehension but with what Mel Levine calls working memory. My advisor expressed concern that my Christian education course might be too difficult for me. I'm more concerned about theology and Christian thought to 1500. Am I really capable of comprehending this? Perhaps a better question is whether I'm capable of decoding it in order that I might cmoprehend it.

When I was in undergraduate school, I employed what I call "the Daniel prayer." If God wanted me to learn it, He would anoint me to learn it. So once again I will employ the Daniel prayer. I'll write more about this in time.


Sarah Blake LaRose
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