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Tuesday, August 07, 2007


jim gordon

Tom Torrance would recommend Athansius as a key patristic theologian - Torrance would be an interesting tartan voice, but so would P T Forsyth, John Baillie, and one on my own agenda, H R Mackintosh. Mid medieval, its hard to avoid Aquinas, though he's awfy big!

Another way in would be to decide on a particular theological locus, e.g christology, and bring your personal interests to that - theological ethics/ justice / power / church / witness etc. Deep reading is a crucial, spiritual and intellectually essential discipline. Alexander Whyte spoke of 'getting into a relation of indebtedness to great minds of the past'. Nels Ferre an almost forgotten 9unjustly neglected philosopher wrote a wee book called 'Making Religion Real'. One of the chapters is on reading as you describe it - and he too urges deep study of one other kmind, and using that as a benchmark for all other study. Not because we simply swallow their thinking, but because having excavated one treasure site, we have the experience to do so again, elsewhere. Anyway - some of my thoughts.


Jim - thanks for your comment and suggestions. PT Forsyth had crossed my mind as a Tartan voice, but I think I'm going to hold off nailing my colours on this one for just now.
Aquinas is big but perhpas he's also unavoidable? I wonder as well if he might not provide a useful backbrop to Luther, and I think you can access most of Aquinas' works on-line for free!
I must admit to having started Athansius on the incarnation several times but never got very far with it or him! Perhapd time to try again.

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