The more we learn about a topic, the greater our confidence in our abilities. Yet as in many fields, the more we learn about theology, the more we should grasp that the topic is too vast and too high for us to understand. Scripture itself provides a sufficient but specific revelation that fits our created and so limited capacities.
As Paul says, “we know in part” because see theological truth through a dim mirror (1 Cor 13:12). John likewise admits, “what we will be has not yet appeared” since we have yet to enter the beatific vision of God (1 John 3:2). We simply must admit that we have partial yet sufficient revelation about God and his creation that should simultaneously make us confident in what God has revealed to us and humble in our conclusions due to our limited capacities.
Reflecting on this limitation, we must take to heart the following three guidelines for thinking theologically. [Read more…] about We Only Have Partial Knowledge about Theology. So Be Restrained.