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A Little Exercise for Young Theologians
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2001
This is a marvellous short little book by an experienced pastor-scholar in which he turns aside from his usual lecture format and gives the young theological student heart-felt advice. With penetrating insight he shows the dangers that theological students, young theologians, and inexperienced ministers fresh out of college can face. "A person who pursues theological courses is spiritually sick unless he reads the Bible uncommonly often," he tells us - and how right he is... In days when trendy theologians and impressive sounding preachers can capture even the brightest graduates and drag them off into dangerous and speculative blind alleys, these words are still relevant. I read this book at least once every year, and I heartily recommend such an exercise to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2012
This is a very short work by a renowned Lutheran German professor of theology who is basically warning student theologians against the deadly dangers of pride and hubris and cautioning them against mistaking success in few courses for a deep and lived experience of theological reflection. Students are warned not to fall victim to the pride of knowledge and the "dead letter". The reason I have given it only 3 stars is that first this is really an article- and not a book-length work, and second anyone who doesn't at least have a vague idea of these dangers perhaps shouldn't be studying theology at all...
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on 27 July 2015
This is an extremely helpful book to remind theological students that the reason for their study is to serve god's church not to Lord it over them. When it comes from the pens of one so distinguished, it must serve to humble those of us who are only embarking on these studies.

The ideas are clearly expressed, though I found the translation some what clunky. I noticed some German grammar coming through, some parts of it felt like the translator had put it through google translate (obviously this predates that).
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This is an excellent little read with essential warnings for any Christian beginning theological study. Thielicke urges the reader to maintain a vivacious spiritual life as a matter of first importance during their studies. A lot of wisdom contained in very few words!!
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