Friday, June 10, 2005

B.B. Warfield on Hot Orthodoxy

Just this week, I was talking with a friend about the necessity of keeping prayer and Bible study together. Prayer AND Bible study. Not either/or but both/and. Hot [prayerful, passionate, zealous] Orthodoxy [right thinking, truth, Bible study]. And I referred to this item from Warfield.

Today, I ran across the complete quote at The Christian Mind:

Nothing could be more fatal, however, than to set these two things over against one another. Recruiting officers do not dispute whether it is better for soldiers to have a right leg or a left leg: soldiers should have both legs. Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. "What!" is the appropriate response, "than ten hours over your books, on your knees?" Why should you turn from God when you turn to your books, or feel that you must turn from your books in order to turn to God? If learning and devotion are as antagonistic as that, then the intellectual life is in itself accursed, and there can be no question of a religious life for a student, even of theology.

Benjamin B. Warfield, The Religious Life of Theological Students