Miniblog #131: Why I’m Taking A Break from Studying Theology
In June I began a six-month hiatus from formal, academic theology–books, articles, etc.1 Obviously I still think and write on theology quite a bit, but I’m not actively studying it. A number of people have expressed bewilderment at this. One mentor who was concerned about my faith asked about the condition of my spiritual life.1.FYI, I’m increasingly leaning toward it being a full year. Likewise, a college friend supposed I must be going through a serious bout of depression and left a heartfelt voicemail inquiring about my psychological state.2 So, to alleviate the lingering worry of some I wanted to summarize why I’m taking this break. In no particular order, here are my major reasons:32.While I appreciate their thoughtfulness I cannot help but chuckle since I’m intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually doing better than I have in quite some time.
- While I love theology, it seems as though a lot of people have wrongly perceived it to be #1 field of interest rather than fourth behind history, cultural studies, and political science.
- While I’ll never attain confidence in my overall theological perspective, I’ve finally reached a point where I feel like I’ve got a decent handle on the issues that had long plagued my mind.3.Each of these centers around the fact that I’d been engaged in continual theological study for nine consecutive years.
- While I think a certain measure of theological literacy is important for all Christians, I remain woefully and unacceptably illiterate in a whole host of other areas important for Christians.
- While theology will always play a crucial role in my future as a pastor and/or campus minister, I think it anything but the be-all, end-all of intentional christian thought.
- While my love for the life of the mind is not waning, I was experiencing some serious disciplinary fatigue and needed an opportunity to recalibrate my areas of active exploration.
- While I always intended this blog to be a platform conducive to honest, rigorous theological wrestling, I most certainly never wanted this to be a theology blog as such.