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TBT@ITT - Two Posts on Old, Dead Guys

Originally posted March 14, 2009:

I sometimes wonder if my time might be better spent reading more about current issues and less about long-dead theologians such as Martin Luther, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, D. M. Lloyd-Jones, C. S. Lewis, and A. W. Pink.

But then I read this from another dead writer: 
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. - G. K. Chesterton

I'll give my vote to the dead guys.

Originally posted March 23, 2009:

From The Cross of Christ by John Stott:
To be disrespectful of tradition and of historical theology is to be disrespectful of the Holy Spirit who has been actively enlightening the church in every century. (12)

It looks like John Stott thinks the old theologians should be respected. Of course, they weren't always right, but they deserve serious consideration and study. And it seems to me, when they were wrong they were often wrong in the right way. For instance, I believe that John Wesley held to some doctrines which were incorrect. As we all do. But I wish my doctrines were incorrect in such a fashion so as to cause me to live a life like John Wesley lived his. You've got to love the old guys!


On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Gerald Hayes said:

Thank you for these great reminders, Pastor Jude. Our spiritual lives are enriched because you made (and continue to make) the reading of those 'now dead theologians' a significant priority in your own life.


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