Opinion One goes something like this: Theology is divisive at worst, and frankly, even at its best just a luxurious waste of time. A good friend of mine (who will remain nameless, since while I'm disagreeing with his opinion, I dig him immensely and don't want this to feel like a personal poke) recently said:
"Foremost in the Christian luxury market are doctrines and theology. It seems that, particularly among white, overeducated, upper middleclass males, the great sport is endless wrangling about scripture minutia. Smoke and mirrors with no fire. Jesus told us to love God, love ourselves and love others…I’m stickin’ with that."
"Odd, when we hear the names of Paul, Athanasius, or Augustine, we tend to think of them as theologians, and they were. Yet these great thinkers spent most of their time being pastors, and most of their theology was thought in response to specific issues of pastoral care."