The title and the idea behind it intrigued me, and I bought the Kindle version the same day. It only took a couple very enjoyable, though sometimes painful hours to read the whole thing. Where was this book three years ago when I started seminary? Where was it 20 years ago when I started preaching and teaching the Bible?
Thielicke paints a picture of the theological divide between the aspiring theologian in the classroom and the observant Christians in the pews of the church. While admittedly an exaggeration, the representation that Thielicke provides is one that resonates well amidst those in the classroom, pews, and pulpits alike.
Through clarity and brevity, Thielicke establishes that our theology cannot bifurcate from our personal relationship with God. Thielicke encourages students to heed the concerns of their spiritual community based on experience and principle.
From the realm of experience, the young theologian has mastered an impressive repertoire of theological vocabulary, which is rooted in little to no experience, and thus lacking substance and grace. All of which Thielicke classifies as "theological puberty" Thielicke warns of the dangers of spiritual pride and the disease associated with this internal desire for self-satisfaction.
Moving from matters of experience, Thielicke warns of the pitfalls of skepticism from the community on the grounds of principle. Thielicke acknowledges the simplicity of the concerns of the community; however, these concerns must not be ignored. The student is encouraged to see through to the heart of the concern, recognizing that the community has in mind their "Christian life behind our theological reflections" Thielicke seeks to remind students that 1 Jesus is the focus of their theological education.
Therefore, as Thielicke turns to dogmatics, students are encouraged to view them as a living systematic discipline 28but our devotion and understanding does not imply that one is "carried away by fundamental faith itself" Thielicke acknowledges the importance of the development of theological systems, he cautions that Jesus should always remain the focus, for without Him, theologizing simply becomes meaningless.
Though Thielicke discusses the horror of this theological disease, he does offer advice on bringing restoration and prevention. Thielicke continually reminds students that their focus should be on Jesus, and that their theological endeavors should be shrouded in prayer.
Thielicke terms the study of dogmatics to be "prayed dogmatics" Theology students should continually allow the Bible to speak to them personally and avoid the trend of shifting towards third person reference to God.
Thielicke admonishes students to remain a "man of the spirit," for those who do not will proffer a "false theology" Thielicke encourages students to not just take his word, but to put into practice the learned theology and "climb the mountains" getting out of the deathly laboratories, reaching the "canopied heights and finding life there" Author Helmut Thielicke, renowned University of Hamburg Theology professor, provides guidance and direction for the young theology student as to the pitfalls of their journey and the means for restoration and prevention of serious spiritual disease.
While this text was originally written for late twentieth century Lutheran theological students, Thielicke's words resonate within the hearts and minds of any theological student, for many of the challenges spoken of, continue to plague theological students today.
Thielicke is 2 extremely straightforward in his discussion, yet not to the point of being offensive. His message is clear, young theology students need to take a step back and gain understanding and wisdom from experience, rather than go off spouting their theological-ness and exposing their ignorance.
The present work should be on the reading list of every seminary student and pastor, for the wisdom found in its forty-one pages could fill volumes of works.
Thielicke has proffered a significant tool that will remain beneficial for many years to come. The nature in which Thielicke approaches the student is as one with a pastoral heart. All too often, seminarians disassociate themselves with the church, in view of their supposed higher placement among the ranks of the learned.
However, Thielicke rightly admonishes his students that they are connected to their spiritual community — the body of believers. Thielicke notes, "we think within the community of God's people, and for that community, and in the name of that community. Thielicke continues, "This very community is concerned very rightly for our spiritual health.
Failure to do so, would lead to spiritual decay and indicate misdirection in the student's theology. Thielicke argues, "If the theologian, however, does not take more seriously the objections of the ordinary washerwoman and the simple hourly-wage earner…surely something is not right with theology.In other words, Thielicke’s little exercise for theologians is based on Luther’s theological method—prayer, disciplined study, spiritual affliction—and highly recommended to theologians, young and old.
Book Review: A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke “A bon voyage greeting to a person venturing for the first season into theological studies” begins the book titled, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke (vii)/5.
Thielicke does a wonderful job of grounding the young theologian. He speaks of the "hiatus between the arena of the young theologian's actual spiritual growth and what he already knows intellectually about [an] arena". This encourages the student to not settle for a "second hand" faith.
Nov 25, · Since it first appeared in English translation in , A Little Exercise for Young Theologians has achieved classic ashio-midori.com thirteen concise reflections Helmut Thielicke offers wise counsel on the difficulties—and vital importance—of maintaining one's spiritual health in the course of academic theological study.
Thielicke does a wonderful job of grounding the young theologian. He speaks of the “hiatus between the arena of the young theologian’s actual spiritual growth and what he already knows intellectually about [an] arena”.
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