Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Importance of Tradition

"Tradition is the greatest expression of democracy." --G.K. Chesterton

One of the reasons why tradition is so important is because it opens the doors to opinions and thoughts that are from a different context than our own. It gives a voice to people from other time periods that may not have the same biases as us. In terms of theology, it helps us see the whole. When we are zeroed in, and only understand theology in our own context or setting, our understanding is very limited. However, when we open up our understanding of God to those who are of different current contexts than our own, and also those from different time periods, we are enriched.

This quote reminds me that I have much to learn from both those who have gone before me, as well as those who are living today who  come from completely different contexts and backgrounds than I do. 

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