The ministry leaders of the 21st century won’t need less theological training — they’ll need more.
— Southern Seminary (@SBTS) March 19, 2020
The problem here is not in plain sight, and amounts to this: Theology is not a branch of knowledge; it’s a branch of bunco. We can say that because theology never does the hard work of establishing its premises — never establishes that Our Invisible Friend is real, never establishes that Our Invisible Friend superintended the production of the Bible, never establishes that the Bible we have is a faithful rendering of the originals of the multiple texts which comprise the Bible.
To skirt those problems, theologians grandly announce that they are ‘presuppositionalists’ — meaning, they presuppose the truth of those unproven and unprovable claims — and get busy telling everybody what to do.
Going more deeply into make-believe does not change that theology has no more intellectual dignity than astrology.