Many modern Theologians should – apparently – never ask, or tell, the following:
Don’t ever ask what the Bible says, it won’t conform to the answer you desire.
Don’t ever tell anyone what you really think, it will make you unpopular.
Don’t ever ask your colleagues why they think they’re right, they will find you distasteful.
Don’t ever tell an atheist that he’s wrong. The swine will angrily turn on you and savage you.
Don’t ever ask emergents how they have arrived at their position, they won’t have a scriptural answer.
Don’t ever tell the seeker sensitive they’re wrong, they aren’t in their minds, and for them, that’s the only thing that matters.
Don’t ever ask a fundamentalist why they believe more in their ability to grasp a fact than in God.
Don’t ever tell a fundamentalist that they are the same thing as an atheist; both have exalted their own understanding above heaven and they don’t appreciate it being pointed out.
Don’t ever ask a Lutheran how Christ can be everywhere at once bodily (as they assert happens in the Supper) or they will exalt at your death.
Don’t ever tell someone that homosexual behavior is contra-scriptural. You’ll instantly fall out of favor with them.
And finally, don’t ask for someone’s opinion if you don’t really want to hear it. If they have substance, they’ll tell you it.
These are, it seems, the rules of the modern theologian- things they must not ask or ever tell. Because if they do, they’ll just provoke loathing. Which reminds me of a tune on that very subject…