Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Ideal Seminary

From Brian McLaren's book "A New Kind of Christian" pages 161-162

I guess things bring me back to that question you asked me about a few weeks ago, about my ideal seminary. At the spirituality point of the triangle, I'd have students study historical theology--as much like a story as possible, focusing on how various theological systems produced various universes or models of reality. I would have them integrate the theology of an era with its art, architecture, liturgy, spiritual disciplines, economics, science, forms of community, and family life. I'd want them to see how human beliefs literally create a way of life. That way of life is what I mean by spirituality.

Then we'd try to face today's world and challenges, and drawing from the Bible, with twenty centuries of "Christian universes" to learn from, we'd help students construct their own model of reality, their understanding of the universe and story we find ourselves in. And--this is SO important--we'd teach them that their model isn't reality; it's just a model. It must always be open to correction, adjustment, improvement, even revolution. Otherwise, we stop being disciples and become know-it-alls. We stop being seekers and become defenders.

To keep our imaginary seminarians in the seeking mode, we'd spend a lot of time studying contemporary culture. We'd have to. I'd send the students out to exegete movies and art galleries, concerts and sports events, shopping malls and bars, video game parlors and campgrounds, synagogues and mosques. we'd come back from these adventures and talk about what we've seen, what's going on, what it means to be a Christian in our world.

4 Comments:

Blogger tony said...

I remember that part of the book making an impact on me too. I thought - What a cool place to learn...

1:21 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Yeah! What a thought. Go out into the world and learn. You can go out into the world without doing "bad" things and you may even influence someone in a positive way. Who woulda thunk it? Doh! Nice to hear from you my man! I remember my wife Patty and I chatting with you at the skate park in that nice "COLD" weather we had that week. You should be here now though. Absolutely gorgeous my friend. talk at ya later. Blessings on you and your family and your ministry in 2006.

1:26 PM  
Blogger tony said...

haha.... oh yeah it was really cold...funny...
awesome to keep up with your blog!

6:56 PM  
Blogger friend said...

Great section. Amazing.

8:28 AM  

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