[Part of the series “Patristic Redux: A Lutheran Reads the Fathers”]
In my last few posts (part one, part two) I have been outlining five interpretative pitfalls that can derail even the best-intentioned attempts at reading patristic theology. Without an awareness of these five “traps”, it is extremely difficult to attain to the level of critical analysis that the “pre-modern turn” in modern theology so desperately needs.
These traps are:
- The “Great Tradition” Trap
- The Antiquity Trap
- The Difference Trap
- The Academic Sympathy Trap
- The Desperation Trap
In this post we’ll conclude the series with the last two: the Academic Sympathy Trap and the Desperation Trap.
4) The Academic Sympathy Trap
You may not be aware of this trap if you haven’t spent much time in the academy. Even within the academy we don’t discuss this phenomenon as much as we should.Read More…