Sunday, July 09, 2006

The freedom of theology: seven theses

1. The freedom of theology is the exercise of theology’s right to be exclusively theology.

2. The freedom of theology is the freedom of Christian existence perceived in the responsibility of thinking.

3. The freedom of theology has its possibility in the position of theology [i.e., its position over against the Word of God].

4. The freedom of theology has its reality in the word of theology.

5. The freedom of theology has its necessity in the necessity of theology.

6. The freedom of theology is carried out in the controversy over the freedom of theology.

7. The freedom of theology becomes concrete in the demands of freedom.

[Jüngel goes on to develop each of these theses with a series of sub-theses, resulting in a total of 166 theses on the freedom of theology!]

—Eberhard Jüngel, “Die Freiheit der Theologie,” in Entsprechungen: Gott, Wahrheit, Mensch (München: Chr. Kaiser Verlag, 1986), p. 29.


Shane said...

How can theology be 'free' in the sense of exercising the right to remain exclusively theology, if the task of theology always remains confined to speaking with words, i.e. human concepts. If theology speaks, it has to speak with words that mean something beforehand. As a paragon example, Nicea is elaborated within a certain philosophical framework. I think the council fathers offer some challenges to that framework, but they still work within it, largely. Does not this example point out that the freedom of theology really occurs in its walking together with philosophy?