A Way of Life And Not Just A Philosophy

Christianity is essentially a way of life and not just a philosophy about life. To become a Christian is a matter not of theory but of practice and of transforming experience. Faith in Christ and loyalty to Him involve more than bare, and possibly barren, intellectual assent; they mean nothing less than personal commitment and unfaltering daily obedience. This is unquestionably what glorifies God most obviously before men – not the orthodox declaration of the learned theologian, but the consecrated and sacrificial devotion of the martyr and the saints.

– Alan Stibbs, “The Place of Theology,” from Such A Great Salvation: The Collected Essays of Alan Stibbs, p. 37.

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