G C Berkouwer’s approach to theology

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“I believe that without genuine curiosity … theology will not do well. I regret every sign that theologians have lost their curiosity. It happens when we are satisfied with a small territory we have created for ourselves and lose our feel for new perspectives and new opportunities for enrichment. Besides, without the tensions of curiosity there is little hope for any essential corrections in one’s own insights. A complacency sets in, a feeling that the gospel has been adequately thought about and understood, and that we can restfully settle down with what has already been said. A curiosity that works itself out in passionate study and serious listening to others promises surprises, clearer insight and deeper understanding – no matter from which direction they come. And so curiosity brings a certain joy as we walk through the challenging terrain.” —G.C. Berkouwer

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