Love and Theology

Love, is like good theology, perfect love between humans begins as faith in the Other, which spends a lifetime towards an understanding that is never mastery.

Love, like theology is about faith, it begins as an act of faith. It’s a trust in the Other, as the Other, in God when we speak of theology, in the other person when it comes to human love. It begins as an act of faith that will spend a lifetime maturing towards understanding the incomprehensible gift that is the love another has for us. We can never explain this gift or claim to provide rational basis for it, or else it is not love.

Perfect love among humans begins first and foremost as an act of trust in the Other, and from this faith that transcends the limitations of knowing moves towards understanding. This journey and pilgrimage of understanding is a lifelong process that does not end in certainty, but more faith, and along with that faith the capacity to understand the Other as Other ineffably.

There are simply no words at times for the thoughts and emotions one feels either as a wo/man of faith, or as a lover. These things undo us, they possess and ravish us, they strip us bare and lay us out, one cannot master love, just as one cannot master theology. There are many counterfeits which have many masters, but you will know Christians and Lovers and Theologians, when you see that they are impoverished and beautiful souls. When you see that they embrace the world and owe it everything, when you see that they are captured in an upward motion inexplicable without the eyes of faith.

There is simply no such thing as a master theologian, for just as one cannot master love, so one cannot master theology. There is no such thing as a master theologian because every master of theology is simply an impoverished lover, caught up in the mystery of Being.

Theology has taught me Love, and Love has taught me Theology.

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