Where Theology Must Begin

Theology must first be about a conversation with God…God speaks and we listen…The Christian theological framework is primarily about listening – listening to God. One of the great dangers we face in doing theology is our desire to do all the talking…We most often capitulate to this temptation by placing alien conceptual boundaries on what God can and has said in the Word…We force the message of redemption into a cultural package that distorts its actual intentions. Or we attempt to view the gospel solely from the perspective of a tradition that has little living connection to the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Or we place rational restrictions on the very notion of God instead of allowing God to define the notions of rationality. -Richard Lints, The Fabric of Theology