Graham Cheesman – Decaffeinated theological education

My friend Dr. Martyin Accad, from ABTS in Beirut recommended this blog post.

Cheesman defines ‘decaffeinated theological education’ as ‘theological education with the key ingredient, the life taken out. And the key ingredient? Love to God.’

He describes three kinds of such theological education:

1. EUT – enlightenment university theology, dis-interested, uncommitted theology – an investigation or study of the phenomenon called Christianity and a set of classical texts called scripture, all of which can be done without faith commitment.

2. DFAD – pandering to the desires of some young people to get a degree – and if they are Christian young people, it may as well be a theology degree, often in a safer place than a secular university.

3. SFPP – study for practical purposes. There is a form of vocationalism that misses the point. It says “You will never be a good missionary or minister unless you grow spiritually, so we need to help students grow in their faith.” That is not love for God. Love for God is not one of ingredients of a good cake, it is the reason we bake the cake in the first place.

You may read HERE the entire article.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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