Theology on the March

“Theologizing at a distance as a spur to action is out of the question in our world. Any new thinking will have to be done on the march. Such thinking is likely to be crude and as plain as a cheap suit, but it will be effective because it makes no pretentious claims and shapes itself into no elaborate systems. It will be the minimum necessary theological framework to support recognizably Christian action. And it is on the march that most Christians will fight their way through to a living faith. They are bewitched, bothered and bewildered by the attempts of contemporary theologians to tell them what they ought to believe, what they can believe, and what is no longer believable. They will hammer out their creed as they follow through a programme of humane action, either out of the belief that they are doing the will of Jesus or if they cannot say even this much, by doing costly things anyway as the response of compassion to raw human need – relying on that Biblical promise that he who loves is born of God and knows God.”

[Include Me Out! p. 35-36]

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