Herman Bavinck (1854-1921): To profess theology is to do holy work


Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), in his Inaugural Address as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1902, said something profound which still resonates with me to this day, and is something that should be kept in mind when theologians and pastors, but also Christians in general deal with the humble scholarly pursuit of the knowledge of God:

“Religion, the fear of God, must therefore be the element which inspires and animates all theological investigation. That must be the pulsebeat of the science. A theologian is a person who makes bold to speak about God because he speaks out of God and through God. To profess theology is to do holy work. It is a priestly ministration in the house of the Lord. It is itself a service of worship, a consecration of mind and heart to the honour of His name.”


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