Theology Doesn’t Have To Be a Bloodsport

Theology Doesn’t Have To Be a Bloodsport March 24, 2019

Theology doesn’t have to be a bloodsport. It can be a civil and intellectually honest conversation.

However, much of the problem today is that Christians use different conversational styles when they argue theology.

So the disagreement ends up being rooted in semantics rather than substance. And that’s why we have WWE-styled theological smackdowns!

Check out this blog series – which offers a cure for this ill:

Introducing Spiritual Conversational Styles

The Charismatic Spiritual Conversational Style

The Quoter Spiritual Conversational Style

The Pragmatic Spiritual Conversational Style

* This series is excerpted from Revise Us Again which goes into more detail. Endnotes are included in the book but not on the blog posts, because no one likes endnotes in a blog post!

Frank Viola


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  • Read this full series for the first time this morning. I get what you are saying, but don’t think I lean in any of these directions when communicating. I can recall using these styles at different times in my life, but now only see glimmers of them from time to time. Wonder what that makes me? 🙂

    I guess my thoughts are that God has all of us on a journey to discovering Him and we are each made unique; each learning and growing at a pace He has designed specifically for our personalities. The most important thing in any theological conversation is to consider the heart, that is where God looks. If we focus more on the heart that loves the Lord, then the hows and whys of communication don’t create such a barrier.