The Importance of a Theological Education

kinnon —  December 15, 2009 — 3 Comments

…from one of jonny baker's favourite creative people, Roger von Oech (Twitter: @RogervonOech)

And Jesus said unto them, "And whom do you say that I am?"

They replied,

"You are the totaliter aliter, the vestigious trinitatum who speaks to us in the modality of Christo-monism.”

"You are he who heals our ambiguities and overcomes the split of angst and existential estrangement; you are he who speaks of the theonomous viewpoint of the analogia entis, the analogy of our being and the ground of all possibilities.”

"You are the impossible possibility who brings to us, your children of light and children of darkness, the overwhelming roughness’ in the midst of our fraught condition of estrangement and brokenness in the contiguity and existential anxieties of our ontological relationships.”

“You are my Oppressed One, my soul's shalom, the One who was, who is, and who shall be, who has never left us alone in the struggle, the event of liberation in the lives of the oppressed struggling for freedom, and whose blackness is both literal and symbolic.”

And Jesus replied, "Huh?"

This cracked me up. How easy it is to get trapped in our own words and concepts — especially the complex ones — and miss out on the experience of what's actually happening. [link emphasis added]

I found this very amusing this morning. Too many folk are sent off to seminary to learn how to lead – and this, only slight exaggeration, is what ends up being produced.

As Roger notes, this humour could well be applied to many fields – not just those of the seminary.

Now I need to go and get my totaliter aliter. One never knows when it might come in handy.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to The Importance of a Theological Education

  1. YOu think that’s bad- here all Lutheran pastors have to be fluent in Greek, Hebrew and Latin. I know a (very good) pastor who translates from Greek on sight when he reads the sermon text. He’s able to speak in normal speak as well, but many aren’t. And then they wonder why the church is empty with a handful of middle class intellectuals in the pews

  2. As a seminary student, especially as I finish up my term paper, I heartily second your thoughts on this subject! Sometimes I get frustrated because of what I am learning. It doesn’t seem to be “important” although I know that every professor out there just virtually failed me in his mind. It’s just how I feel about it.

  3. Agree with the comments..



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