theology of the heart Essay

581 WordsJul 16, 20083 Pages
Through the reading of both books I have found a significant argument about genuine and practical Christianity against pure theology. The main section chose was ‘The Doctrine of the Heart.’ To make a clear exposition I am first writing down a summary paragraph from the textbooks, and after I present my personal impression and comments. Summarizing the first book the writer says that the phrase ‘Theology of the Heart’ could be nothing more than a particularly vivid figure of speech for the demand of the orthodox “saints of experience” and the doctors of the church in every age that a theology which could remain a dead letter locked in tomes on library shelves must instead be “written not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart ( Pelikan, 171). Commenting from the second book its author adds that the Enlightenment attitude to religion was subject to a considerable degree of regional variation, reflecting a number of local factors peculiar to different situations. One of the most important such factor is Pietism. As noted earlier, this movement placed considerable emphasis upon the experimental aspect of religion. This concern for religions experience served to make Christianity relevant and accessible to the experiential situation of the masses, contrasting sharply with the intellectualism of, for example, Lutheran orthodoxy, which was perceived to be an irrelevance. Pietism forged a strong link between Christian faith and experience, thus making Christianity a matter of the heart, as well as of the mind (McGrath, 222). From these authors’ thoughts there are three main issues to write down my report; first, the theological task, second, the experimental way, and finally, a brief application. The first and the second represent different positions in Christianity. Both have been developing an

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