We do not need to pretend standing on a disinterested vantage point in doing theology. Yet it is crucial for us, from time to time, to be challenged by hard questions, especially those addressed to things trivial to us, so that we can be reminded that theology is after all a humbling exercise, an impossible mission made possible through grace. Bearing this in mind, an academic suspension of judgment before discussion is also an indispensable virtue, or at least good practice, in doing theology, instead of a rococo decoration.



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