But mostly, read the Bible

I wrote a longer post on this subject just a little while ago, but I wanted to sum us this point in a little shorter post so it would be read.

Why we read theology books:

  • A theology book is easier to read.
  • Someone has done the thinking for you.
  • Someone has arranged it all for you.
  • We (falsely) think that we already know the Bible enough, and that now we just need theology books to explain it.

Why we should use the Bible to develop our theology:

  • You’ll have your own convictions.
  • You’ll be able to teach with more authority.
  • You’ll be able to teach better– mostly because you can share your thought process that brought you to the conclusion you arrived at.

Why we should read theology books:

  • A theology book is easier to read.
  • Someone who thinks differently than you has thought through the same issues you’re thinking through.
  • Someone has arranged it for you.
  • They help us articulate our beliefs better.

Read theology books. But mostly, read the Bible.

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