I Wonder Therefore I Am (A Theologian)

What is the posture of a theologian? Or, how does one begin to tackle the gargantuan questions regarding God and God’s relationship to humans? Barth suggests that there should be a deep sense of wonder within the theologian:

If anyone should not find himself astonished and filled with wonder when he becomes involved in one way or another with theology, he would be well advised to consider once more, from a certain remoteness and without prejudice, what is involved in this undertaking. . . . If such astonishment is lacking, the whole enterprise of even the best theologian would canker at the roots (Evangelical Theology, pp. 54-55).

A sense of wonder presupposes that one is humble and willing to change their beliefs. But it also presupposes that one expects that God will indeed reveal. This won’t be a revelation that is able to stay in the realm of thought but a revelation that requires a response. Wonder does not allow the revelation of God to simply drift away like last night’s dream. Rather, wonder instills the revelation in us so that we will ponder it every moment of our days.

Wonder must be a posture of the theologian for another reason as well. The one who reveals, namely God, is often beyond the realm of reason and logic. And to move into a realm in which humanity is not accustomed to dwelling in, we need wonder to ponder just who this God is.

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