Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom...D.A. Carson on Mystery

"Some of us have absorbed a form of theology with all the answers. We can offer standard answers to every problem that comes along, especially if the problem is afflicting some other person. Our certainty and dogmatism give us assurance, our systematic theology so well articulated, that we leave precious little scope for mystery, awe, unknowns. Then, when we ourselves face devastating catastrophe, and we find that the certainties we have propounded with such confidence offer us little relief, our despair is the bleaker: we begin to question the most basic elements of our faith. Had we recognized that in addition to great certainties there are great gaps in our comprehension, perhaps we would have been less torn up to find that the mere certainties proved inadequate in our own hour of need."

D.A. Carson
How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil, 26.

1 comment:

Brett Barton said...

This is wisdom. Thanks Pete!