|The world hears about our pet theological distinctives. — Richard C. Halverson |
Your theology is what you are when the talking stops and the action starts. —
Colin Morris The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
|1n most other respects they are more a blemish than a beauty in his writings, and |
are felt a burden, rather than a benefit, ... feeling, and the rich stores of
theological lore with which his mind was replenished, and carries his reader
captive at pleasure. ... He had as much exquisite pleasure in the communication,
as he had delight in the acquisition, of divine knowledge. ... It is a cause so
sacred, a subject so sublime, and a work so arduous and stupendous, as to be
worthy of the best ...
|It is plainly to be resolved into this proposition : " The way to judge of religion, is |
by □doing our duty: and Theology i; rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
"A good life is the best way to understand wisdom and religion, because by the ...
|Divine 'knowledge' then, in effect, is the mystical experience, wherein we become |
one with the real. It is expressly distinguished as a form of experience, from the '
theology' of the schools: It is but a thin, aiery knowledge that is got by ... to define
Divinity, I should rather call it a Divine life, than a Divine Science; it being
something rather to be understood by a ... he is best discern'd voepa enadrfj, as
Plotinus phraseth it, by an intellectual touch of him: we must see with our eyes,
and hear ...
|Again he says, ' theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.' John |
Smith says that ' the best acquaintance with religion is the knowledge taught of
God.' Bishop Pearson spoke of ' an internal illumination of the understanding.
|I am aware that " theology* is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge :" but, in |
proportion as "want of occupation is the ... the best calculated to promote its
diligent discharge : much more then, when those subjects, being in themselves
|Finally, this book discusses how "FOLLOWING THE LIGHT" can help enrich our understanding of Theology as it applies to our daily lives.|
|The best exposition of their teaching on this head is in Smith's beautiful sermon |
on " The True Way or Method of attaining to Divine Knowledge." " Divinity," he
says, " is a Divine life rather than a Divine science, to be understood rather by a
spiritual sensation than by any verbal description. A good life is the prolrpsis of
Divine ... Smith was well read in mystical theology, and was aware how much his
ideal differed from that of Dionysian Mysticism. His criticism of the via nrgativa is
|... with this-dogma of metaphysical theology, were blended elements of a more |
imaginative creed, and sentiments more nearly allied to those ... or Method of
attaining Divine Knowledge,” we find the following sentiments:——“ Were I,
indeed, to define divinity, I should rather call it a divine life than a divine science,
it being something rather to be understood by a spiritual sensation, than by any
verbal description; as all things of sense and life are best known by sentient and
|Taylor gave his own counsel thus, " the way to judge of religion is by doing our |
duty ; and theology is rather a Divine life than a Divine knowledge. . . . Let your
adversaries have no evil thing to say of you, and then you will best silence them ...
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