Knowledge, Reason, and Theology

 I like this paragraph from Kevin Vanhoozer’s Drama of Doctrine (p. 301).

“Getting knowledge is more like plotting one’s position with a set of maps than it is building a house on a foundation or catching fish in a net.  Theological cartography is a dramatic exercise of holy reason.  Reason is holy not in the sense that many moderns might think it – namely, as our noblest and most sublime faculty, a sacrament of universal truth – but rather because it is set apart and transformed for the purpose of serving the truth of the gospel.  The drama of reason consists precisely in this: Will we reason to the glory of God?  Theological thinking is responsible to revelation, to just those forms of testimony that God has taken up into his own communicative action and that now constitute the canon.  There is nothing more dramatic than coming to know God.  The question is: Will our minds participate fittingly in the drama of redemption?”

Kevin Vanhoozer, Drama of Doctrine (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2005).

shane lems