Does it work?

There is a scene in the movie Moneyball where Billie Bean says:

“What I want to know is: do they get on base?”

Similarly, what I want to know about a given theology is: does it work?

That is, theology must be seen as secondary.

What matters is practical applications – what are their results?

It’s similar to scientific theories. If they didn’t work – if they didn’t have practical consequences in terms of developing useful technologies – no one would care about science. Furthermore, one of the ways we test a theory – perhaps one of the most important ways – is to integrate it into various technologies.

In a sense, then, proper theology should be far more robustly based on evidence than science itself.

With theology, “How do I test this?” should be one of the first questions one asks.

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