From the July/August, 2018 issue of Touchstone
theology From a Letter to a Friend by S. M. Hutchens

Quodlibet

From a Letter to a Friend

"I must tell you that even though my degree is in theology, I'm rarely in the mood to discuss theological subjects, which is usually more like trying to clean up messes than reveling in truth. Heaven will need theologians no more than lawyers, trash collectors, or traffic engineers, for it is built upon the pure logos of God, by the suffusion of whose light all is seen and laid in order.

"There is also this inhibition: on any theological question worth thinking about I am a very, very slow thinker. The 'questions worth thinking about' are the ones that divide the Christian communions, the ones in which their great, difficult and defining men labor, take refuge, and gain notability. From where I am privileged to stand, however, I believe I can see signs on the far horizon of movement toward agreement in the Lord (which in fact already exists, but is hard to see in this atmosphere) among those who (1) are willing to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, (2) are committed, whatever the cost, to reject what opposes or obscures it, and (3) have the strong desire—a desire that requires the humility to be -unimportant—to be reconciled to one's brethren. We mark as 'fundamentalist' the cast of mind that has the first two without the last, while mainline ecumenism and Evangelicalism of the world-pleasing variety have only a compromised version of the third."


more on theology from the online archives

Not a subscriber? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of content!

subscription options

Purchase
Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $1.66 per month!

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access for only $39.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $3.34 per month!

Transactions will be processed on the secure server of The Fellowship of St. James website, the publisher of Touchstone.

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.


more from the online archives

25.6—Nov/Dec 2012

Clashing Symbols

The Loss of Aristotelian Logic & the Social, Moral & Sexual Consequences by Peter Kreeft

27.5—Sept/Oct 2014

The Hundred Years' War

The Culture of Death's Campaign Against the Catholic Church by Brantly Millegan

27.4—July/August 2014

The Things Freely Given

The Bible, Sacred Theology & the Mind of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon

Touchstone is published by

All content The Fellowship of St. James — 2018. All rights reserved.
Returns, refunds, and privacy policy.