Why do the theologians rage?
Even a cursory scrolling of social media may lead you to the conclusion that you have to be angry to do theology. Sadly, our day is characterized by theological fighting—complete with harsh words, exaggeration, biting sarcasm, and the spirit of tearing down our brothers and sisters in Christ. But it does not have to be this way. In fact, it should not be this way.
In Fruitful Theology, Ronni Kurtz swims upstream to counter this prevailing problem. Instead of theology leading to anger, division, and discord, this book shows that the life of the mind can actually lead to the fruit of the Spirit. Fruitful Theology is for anyone who:
- Wants to grow in an understanding of Scripture, but is afraid that knowledge will make them arrogant;
- Is confused about the relationship between doctrine and Christian living;
- Is concerned that theological conviction promotes disunity and discord among Christians;
- Desires to grow in Christian maturity, but isn’t sure how theology fits into that desire.
What if our speech and conduct were seasoned more with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? How might the church’s unity be restored, and our witness be maximized, if we were characterized by the fruit of the Spirit instead of the spirit of our age? Theology may not be the most obvious candidate in helping reorient our life towards the fruit of the Spirit, but a right contemplation of God can indeed lead to right living for God, and that is exactly what this book hopes to explore.
Why did you write this book? What inspired you to write it?
For whom did you write this book?
There were really two different groups of people I had in mind while writing the book.
- Those who’ve been disenfranchised or discouraged by theology because they’ve seen it misused and leveraged as a mere war tactic instead of a deep well of joy.
- Folks who might view theology as inaccessible—those who may think the theological task is reserved for a special few and who believe the lie that they are not well-read enough or smart enough to practice meaningful theology.
How does this book address misconceptions about theology and help readers understand how theology impacts every aspect of their lives?
Theology is often weaponized or politicized in an us-vs-them culture war. Instead of theology being used as an avenue to worship the Lord and love our neighbors, it can be wielded as a tool to belittle others and make much of ourselves. If theology must be a weapon, I hope to show how it can be a weapon of love.
How do these discussions demonstrate the theological life is worthwhile and transformative?
How does this book allow Christians of all walks of life grow to be more faithful theologians?
How does this message resonate with you personally? What was formative in your own life for coming to see theology as a sanctifying work that leads to the fruit of the Spirit?
How does this book help readers discover what true holiness is and view it as an attractive pursuit?
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
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