I read this and especially liked these points:
- Theology, in light of the greatness of God, is best characterized as human â€œsighingâ€ and â€œstammeringâ€ â€”regardless of its sophistication, expansiveness, or insight: â€œNow we have only a dim perception of him, the living God. There can be no talk of knowing him, of â€˜havingâ€™ him. What awkward sighing and stammering there is, when we try to say something about himâ€.
- Theology enters into Godâ€™s self-mediation to us; it is not humanityâ€™s attempt to mediate God to us; theology is, then, a response not an initiative.
- Theology is living and active; because its object is terrifyingly alive, theology takes on the active, ever-on-its-toes flavor of painting a bird in flight. It can never be locked down into a â€œsystem.â€
- Theology encounters a God who is wholly other; this is not the God of 19th century theological liberalism that Barth famously described as â€œSpeaking of God by speaking of man in a really loud voice.â€
- Theology operates primarily in the mode of â€œdescribingâ€ rather than â€œprovingâ€ or â€œdefining.â€
- Theology and ethics are intimately linked, hence the descriptive task of theology should never be far from the ethical consequences for Godâ€™s people.