Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - December 13

In the attempt to maintain an authoritative position over others who may not agree, some today try to draw a line between theological doctrine and theological theory. Doctrine, they assume, is fixed and unchangeable, while theory is speculative and open to modification. I’d wager this is a false division, since it requires that what someone believed at a point in time is set in stone, versus something else that wasn’t, and thus we’re obliged to accept it. But, or at least so it seems to me, there is no separation because doctrine was, is, and will continue to be theory all the way down, though it is possible that there are better and worse theories.