A major problem for the Christian Church
is its reliance on past ideas and writings.
These have placed it in an immovable intellectual position.

When the embryo church virtually eliminated
the dynamic theological discussions of its era,
it created a fixed canon and creeds and, thereby,
a frozen faith, oriented to the world-view and agenda of that time.

World-views have changed dramatically in recent centuries,
but the religious picture from the past has remained virtually static.

The advent of general literacy has produced a more critical mind-set,
which finds fault with the explanations which satisfied earlier generations.
The information explosion of the Internet has exacerbated the whole situation.
The closed world of a previous time has been replaced by a world of change,
often, at least in the Developed World, at a frightening pace.

Once the deficiencies of the packaging have been identified,
the heart of Christianity is, unfortunately, also commonly rejected.
In most cases the baby is thrown out with the bath water.

The present imbalance between reality and orthodox theology
is bringing the church to its knees, as mankind continues
to reject the outdated concepts it insists upon
and actively promoted by its leadership.

The most apparent consequence is the triumph of unbelief,
for people have rejected what the church has to offer
been driven to seek another basis for the order of the world.

The most significant task of theology today
is to adapt ancient concepts of divinity,
into something meaningful in the world as we know it;
to re-state the message at its heart in contemporary terms,
so that it will have contemporary relevance,
in the minds of common man.

So the Clerical Conundrum remains;
How to re-establish reality,
without destroying the faith
of our forefathers.

How to extract a viable theology
from inherited doctrine.

How to renew the present
without denying the past.

How to avoid heresy
when speaking truth,
for the two are often
all too compatible.