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August 27, 2007 / Daniel

Helmut Thielicke on Truth and Love

Dr.  Greenman shared this quote by Helmut Theilicke with the grad students today.  It hits hard.

“It is possible…that theology makes the young theologian vain and so kindles in him something like Gnostic pride.  The chief reason for this is that in us men truth and love are seldom combined…Truth seduces us very easily into a kind of joy of possession:  I have comprehended this and that, learned it, understood it.  Knowledge is power.  I am therefore more than the other man who does not know this or that…Even in the case of the theologian the joy of possession can love love.”


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  1. Matthew C / Aug 28 2007 7:35 am

    When I first started studying theology, I read Helmut Thielicke’s ‘Excercises for Young Theologians.’

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