Nov 29 2012

Allan R. Bevere: Worship and Theological Necessity

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/E41jWRva-PU/worship-and-theological-necessity.html

Christians must care deeply about theology. If the true God is renewing our lives and calling us to worship him "in spirit and truth" (Jn 4:23), then such worship includes our thoughts, words, affections, and actions. Do we want to worship Yahweh or waste time and effort on a deity we have constructed in our own image? Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), a nineteenth century atheist philosopher, argued that talk about God is no more than amplified talk about ourselves: "God" is merely the projection of human thoughts and desires. Surprising as it may seem, Christians share a fundamental concern with Feuerbach, for we recognize the temptation to create our own gods-- gods that belong to us-- rather than to respond faithfully to the One who is.
From Kelly M. Kapic, A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012), pp. 16-17.

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