Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Value of Parish Ministry for Theological Students

Nothing demonstrates the futility of a purely academic approach to theology so powerfully as parish ministry.  Working with my congregation forced me to confront the shallowness of my understanding of theology at that time: it proved to be cerebral, dry and unrelated to the harsh realities of human experience; unable to cope with the fuzziness of doubt and the messiness of sin.
Alister McGrath, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind. IVP Books, 2010, pp. 61-62.