Collective wisdom

March 13th, 2009

One of things I have come to appreciate over the last 12 months or so is the collective thought of the church leaders and theologians over the centuries since the time of Christ.

Like many people I fell into the trap of thinking that because someone was no longer alive or that they lived 100 or more years ago, that what they had to say was no longer relevant. However as I have studied some of the early church fathers writings and more recent theologians I have found some great pearls of wisdom that have really impacted and shaped my theology.

I have been reminded that while we have some great teachers and theologians today, God has been speaking to many great people down through history and revealing the truth to them along the way. Of course some times the church and its teachers got way off track and these things should never be repeated, but there is also a lot of great things that are worth looking at for today.

So what am I saying? I guess I am saying how important it is to call on the collective wisdom of Christians down through the ages when shaping our theology. Just as no one church or denomination has all the answers today, no one period of time had or has all the answers for us. It is only when we draw on the collective wisdom of the ages (including today) do we start to really see how glorious our faith is and what an amazing God we love and serve today.

God Bless,

Dave 🙂