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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
July 7th, 2016 by Joel Watts

Poor Souls

William Burt Pope, 19th century Methodist Theologian, would write,

Theology is a light shed upon all the universe; it is the glory of God’s creature, man. But this leads us to the eternal secret of our dignity. Our knowledge comes to us through One who is Man and also God; His incarnation in the fulness of time explains the Anthropomorphism of the Old Testament; and it is in Him that the theology of God and the theology of man become one.1

Of interest is his idea of theology.

Pope - Scripture that proves

It is simply that theology “implies the capacity in our nature to receive Divine truth.” Imagine that… a Wesleyan theologian insisting that theology is important and not only important, but something meant to elevate humanity past the wretches of wildlife. Theology is the quintessential element of human reasoning because it places us in a relationship with God – because our minds and hearts are continuously on Him, when we theologize.

Imagine those poor souls who dispense with theology, leaving behind their dignity as humans.

  1.  William Burt Pope, A Compendium of Christian Theology: Being Analytical Outlines of a Course of Theological Study, Biblical, Dogmatic, Historical, Volumes 1-3 (vol. 1; London: Beveridge and Co., 1879), 9.
Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


One Response to “Poor Souls”
  1. Except, why so many theologies? There are as many theologies, as there are denominations.!

    Not to mention, “His incarnation in the fulness of time explains the Anthropomorphism of the Old Testament”.

    Must be J, not P. 🙂

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