quotations about theology
Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small.
ARTHUR MILLER, The Crucible
Has the trade of interpreting the Lord's matters gone out, discouraged by the time-worn fact that nobody succeeds at it? No, it still flourishes; there was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity's mind and were willing to reveal it.
MARK TWAIN, "As Concerns Interpreting the Deity", What Is Man? And Other Philosophical Writings
A theologian is born by living, nay dying and being damned, not by thinking, reading, or speculating.
MARTIN LUTHER, Table Talk
A theologian is a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat that isn't there -- and finding it.
Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.
H. L. MENCKEN, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
When you separate theology from ministry, you liberate your ministry and have better theology.
ANDY STANLEY, Catalyst, April 22, 2016
The only thing that will destroy bad theology is good theology.
THURMAN R. HAYES JR., "It's all about the theology", Suffolk News-Herald, May 26, 2017
Any God that can be explained by theology is not God.
JEFF HOOD, "Memories of God: Murder and Something Greater", Patheos, May 22, 2017
Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5. Because it has to do with #God and real #life of #people.
ANTONIO SPADARO, Twitter post, January 5, 2017
Theology is more than simply an effort of human reason to analyze and understand, along the lines of the experimental sciences. God cannot be reduced to an object.
POPE FRANCIS, Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Francis to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, Consecrated Persons, and the Lay Faithful on Faith, June 29, 2013
A theology is only as good as the implications that flow from it.
JEFFREY K. SALKIN, "Why Are There Two Jerusalems?", Jewish Journal, May 24, 2017
There are many things that I don't understand. Sincere Christians can disagree about the details of Scripture and theology--absolutely.
BILLY GRAHAM, Newsweek, August 14, 2006
The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent -- slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since the earliest days the church, as an organization, has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings.
H. L. MENCKEN, Treatise on the Gods
A theologian should be thoroughly in possession of the basis and source of faith--that is to say, the Holy Scriptures. Armed with this knowledge it was that I confounded and silenced all my adversaries; for they seek not to fathom and understand the Scriptures; they run them over negligently and drowsily; they speak, they write, they teach, according to the suggestion of their heedless imaginations.
MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk
Theology is classified superstition.
ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible
For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await others. I believe that many who find that "nothing happens" when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.
C. S. LEWIS, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
All my theology is reduced to this narrow compass -- "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners."
ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers
There are great minds in the pulpits. If they would stop declaring the unprovable, and give their time to finding what is really Truth, the world would move more rapidly. Moral teaching is the thing we need most in this world, and many of these men could be great moral teachers if they would but give their whole time to it, and to scientific search for the rock-bottom truth, instead of wasting it upon expounding theories of theology which are not in the first place firmly based. What we need is search for fundamentals, not reiteration of traditions born in days when men knew even less than we do now.
THOMAS EDISON, interview, "Thomas A. Edison on Immortality", The Columbian Magazine, January 1911
Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.
G. C. LICHTENBERG, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
A man must have a stout digestion to feed upon some men's theology; no sap, no sweetness, no life, but all stern accuracy, and fleshless definition. Proclaimed without tenderness, and argued without affection, the gospel from such men rather resembles a missile from a catapult than bread from a Father's hand.
CHARLES SPURGEON, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers