By Pastor Joe Romeo
"Some Unsolicited Counsel on How to Approach and Understand Theological Disagreements---Both Historical and Contemporary."
As a theologically oriented pastor, I rejoice when church members express an interest in studying theology. But as any student of theology knows, wading into this vast ocean means swimming through the rough and choppy waters of theological disagreements. Church history is littered with them—Irenaeus vs. the Gnostics, Augustine vs. Pelagius, Luther vs. Erasmus, Calvin vs. Sadoleto. These skirmishes sometimes unsettle laypeople. But I don’t think they should. (I’ll explain why shortly.) What I want to address in this post is the two ways people respond to these disagreements. [read more]