The highlight of my first Systematic Theology class was the author of “A Breviary of Sin” choice of words when he used “jackassery”.
Why can’t theologians (and scholars for that matter) talk like normal human beings? The way this has been explained to me by my good friend, the Reverned Doctor Jeff Keuss, is that all these words actually MEAN something else that can be explained with much simpler words. Can you believe THAT?!?!? For instance, “qua” actually means “as”. Isn’t that WEIRD? Ironically, I was graded down on a paper because I did not italicize the letters q-u-a when used together to form the word “qua”. Which makes me wonder…
Is being a theologian JUST about proper grammar, correct punctuation, and confusing the masses with vocabulary?
I have even started to wonder if contractions might be a tool of the devil as no serious theologion would ever juxtapose the words, “One can’t comprehend what you’re saying.” I suppose the more letters you use, the more important the words are, the deeper your insight is.
Could not Barth’s famous “nien” been better expressed as “shut the fuck UP!”
And, this is why I will never be a serious theologian. Did you see that? I actually STARTED a sentence with a preposition. So, this paragraph must not have much value to the kingdom of God.