Encouraged in our Theology


This afternoon, I and about 10 other guys had great time of fellowship, sharing, and discussion with Tom Ascol, Exec. Dir. of Founders Ministries at the aptly named Founders Cafe at Southern Seminary. The time of fellowship was initiated by our dear friends at Said At Southern, talked for over an hour discussing our personal journeys to Southern and to Calvinism, as well as the future of the SBC as related to a Baptist ecclesiology and Reformed theology. I was very much blessed by the discussions, and was reminded of what we are contending for and defending against — the greatness of the glory of God’s grace in the face of Jesus Christ.Shortly after our discussion, I felt it would be timely and appropriate to post this quote which contains a theology that is oh so popular and attractive to today’s post-everything generation. Much can be said about the quote below, but I’ll try to share it as is without much commentary so that the message that is preached about embodied theology could be as clear as mud.I have posted the quote in its entirety, including the paragraphs prior to and after the sentence that Mark Driscoll recently quoted at the Convergent Conference at SEBTS. Driscoll contends, “If you read Romans 1, this is by definition paganism and idolatry…”

When we come to grips with the idea that the world is not made of little hard pieces of substance behaving in determined ways, and that the light exists as both wave and particle, and that it is impossible not to affect the world by living in it, we should be encouraged in our theology.The idea that, at the smallest level, all matter is made of energy packets and not “little hard balls of matter” is a fascinating notion that requires not only different theological conclusions but different assumptions. The idea that there is a necessary distinction of matter from spirit, or creation from creator, is being reconsidered. This notion that the difference in waves and particles is not what we assumed allows us to understand the engagement of God in the world and the interrelationality of Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and creation in new and more helpful ways. We are allowed and encouraged to have an understanding that includes creation in the kingdom of God.I contend there to be no better religious understanding of this world than Christianity. Christianity is ideally suited for our understanding. The presuppositions of Christianity and these discoveries of the “quantum” world will well inform one another.”

Doug Pagitt. Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, Chapter 4: The Emerging Church and Embodied Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007), 142.

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