Over at New Leaven, in the comments on TC’s Ten Random Beliefs, Richard suggested that I check out Michael Horton’s 4-volume set on covenant theology. He did so in light of TC’s question if I was reading Horton’s Introducing Covenant Theology for review.
This prompted my thinking–what areas within/out of your general field of preference/specialty are you content to remain at roughly the introductory level?
We all have books and articles on various subjects or aspects of a particular issue that we may have read, but have not delved deeper into that subject, whether for lack of time, interest, or something else.
Here are few areas of study that don’t interest me much (in no particular order):
- Evolution vs. creationism – This once interested me, but I don’t have a mind that wraps easily around technical scientific discussions. I believe in creation ex nihilo (though not based on Gen. 1), and I am not even close to persuaded that evolution is true, but I pretty much lost interest in studying this issue beyond the occasional article or blog post.
- The Synoptic Problem – I don’t know if there is an aspect of Gospels study that interests me less, to be frank. I see value and benefit in studying it, but it does not capture my attention.
- Philosophy – This is an especially general category, and there is no question as to the importance of philosophy in general, but again, it just doesn’t capture my attention.
- Textual Criticism – This is a very important field and I have actually done some course work in it, but I didn’t find it to be a subject to which I would devote more time and energy than I did.
I should say that though I don’t find these particular areas of study terribly fascinating, it doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in them. I’m just glad there are plenty of others who makes these areas their life’s work!
What areas would you list?
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