I’ll be finishing my dissertation soon. In just a few months I will complete the process of researching a particular area of theological discourse, with the goal of establishing myself as a professional theologian. But what sort of theologian am I?
By definition, a theologian speaks from within a particular religious tradition, and I can certainly say that I think and work within a Christian framework. Most theologians speak from a particular ecclesiastical community as well – Catholic, or Reformed, or Orthodox. Here, I fit less well. I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, spent some very fruitful time as an Episcopal priest, and now belong to an independent neo-monastic community. We have some wise and thoughtful theologians among us in the Lindisfarne Community, but I don’t know that the wider world would recognize us as a ‘school’ or ‘movement’ quite yet.