“men-pleasing” theologians

A theologian, of course, does not have an obligation to include all his most controversial notions in his popular books; some of those notions are just too technical and difficult. But sometimes there almost seems to be a conspiracy (of the theologian in question and his supporters) to make a theology appear (to church courts, to beginning students, to supporters of educational institutions) more orthodox than it really is. Sometimes, indeed, there is the paradox that with one audience a theologian will make his work appear as conservative as possible, but with another he will try to show how radical, new, and different he is. It is often hard to avoid finding in such behavior a kind of “men-pleasing” of the sort that Scripture condemns.

John Frame,  The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, 325.

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  1. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 4, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Good stuff

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