I was checking out the weekly apologetics links at the super awesome blog Apologetics315 and clicked on the 12 step program to theological studies. The whole program is informative of course, but steps 10 and 11 are very important steps not just for theological studies, but for just about every study you will find yourself in.
10. Take a position
Some people are in a hopeless spiral of always listening to something new. They get into this method of studying theology and remain forever agnostic. We sometimes call this “academic agnosticism.” This relates to number two. Don’t be scared to take a position. Yes, it will separate you from others who don’t share your conviction, but it is the ultimate purpose of your studies. While indecisiveness is often the best position you can take (and is taken precisely because you have studied the issue (“informed agnosticism”)), it is not always the best decision. Take a position and hold to it to the degree that your studies will allow.
11. Discover the relative importance of the issue
Just because you may have taken a position does not mean that you are to militantly hold this position. Some theological issues are more important than others and, therefore, require a greater level of commitment.
These two steps are helpful. Yes, agnosticism is an easy position to take because all that is required is to say, "hey, I don't know!" and throw your hands in the air. Now, I know informed agnostics probably know a good deal about the two sides, but they could probably learn more by taking a position and studying further.
Step 11 is a humbling position and should be followed by all people. Because you take a position don't be militant. Study opposing arguments honestly and then weigh the evidence. There is a possibility you could be wrong.
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