“What, then, is theology?
…theology can only be theologically defined. Theology is science seeking the knowledge of the Word of God spoken in God’s work– science learning in the school of Holy Scripture, which witnesses to the word of God; science laboring in the quest for truth, which is inescapably required of the community that is called by the Word of God. In this way alone does theology fulfill its definitions the human logic of divine Logos. In every other respect theology is real without support. While seen from the viewpoint of an outsider, it hovers in mid-air, it depends actually on God’s living Word, on God’s chosen eyewitnesses, and on the existence of God’s people in the world. This dependence is its’ foundation, justification, and destination.” -Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction
“But, then, what is philosophy today…if it is not the critical work that thought brings to bear on itself? In what does it consist, if not the endeavor to know how and to what extent it might be possible to think differently, instead of legitimating what is already known?”
-Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, vol. 2
“Let’s face it. We’re undone by each other. And if we’re not, we’re missing something. If this seems so clearly the case with grief, it is only because it was already the case with desire. One does not always stay intact. It may be that one wants to, or does, but it may also be that despite one’s best efforts, one is undone, in the face of the other, by the touch, by the scent, by the feel, by the prospect of the touch, by the memory of the feel. And so when we speak about my sexuality or my gender, as we do (and as we must), we mean something complicated by it. Neither of these is precisely a possession, but both are to be understood as modes of being dispossessed, ways of being for another, or, indeed, by virtue of another.”
-Judith Butler, Undoing Gender