We need to bring sound, scholarly theology back as the bedrock of our Christian faith.
Since ‘The Myth of God Incarnate’ mainstream Christianity has moved away from what is seen as abstract theology, as it has tended to oppose popular Christianity rather than support it.
But pragmatism is no basis for ‘doing Church’ – it must start with doctrine. Practise is the building, not the foundation. The modern explosion of experiential Christianity is built on sand and will eventually topple as its lack of foundation becomes apparent. We need to underpin our practise with good theology if we are to keep our churches from falling.
If you would ‘do church’ you must first ‘do theology’.