The Danger, Labor, and Advantage of Theology
In De Trinitate, Augustine, while describing his purpose for writing the book, explains the task of doing theology. He argues, “Nowhere is a mistake more dangerous, or the search more laborious, or the discovery more advantageous.” (68)
I have never read a statement filled with more truth.
There is nothing more dangerous than the creature believing wrongly about its Creator.
There is nothing more laborious than the finite thinking about the infinite.
Yet, there is not a task in the world that is filled with more advantage and joy than being a theologian.
As we are theologizing let’s remember these simple truths: Our work is dangerous, our work is hard, but our work is indeed joyful.
Peace be with you.