Rereading my post on practical theology and Orthodox theological education, I see that I’ve concluded the post with what some might take as an ironic or witty reference to Abelard’s Sic et non. The reference was unintentional.

Unintentional, but maybe not pointless. Abelard seeks to resolve unresolved questions in the writings of the church Fathers. I don’t think Abelard’s project is possible these days. Ambivalence, ambiguity, contradiction, tension:  these are the norms, not the aberrations, of thought today. In saying this I’m not yearning for a return to an era of univocal responses to theological issues. The tensions have always been there; the question is, how do theologians and the church interpret them.