Questions for Reflection: 1. What are your own lenses and biases? What are the gifts and limitations they bring to the task of doing theology?
I have a Biblical lens and bias. I see everything through that lens. Because of that, I have more in common with a fellow believer from Africa or China than I do with any of my immediate neighbors. They are my brothers and sisters. I am a Christian first, and everything else - nationality, race, sex, family role - is secondary. Any biases I may pick up incidentally from my culture have to be examined through that lens and then allowed to remain if they do not contradict Biblical principles or rejected if they do.
If I am intellectually rigorous, this process forces me to examine my thoughts and feelings and enables me to discover any ideas I may have that are mutually exclusive. I can then determine why I am holding conflicting worldviews. It's a good way to keep a check on my heart. I find a lot of people hold conflicting worldviews and don't even know it because they never bother to follow their thoughts and feelings to their logical conclusions.
2. What words do you use most frequently to describe the Divine, your spiritual beliefs, and your ethics? What do these words reveal about you?