You find all kinds of interesting things when you read the doctrinal statements that beginning theology students write. Just the other day, I saw one that appealed to Ephesians 7:12 in support of their position. They must have a Director’s Cut edition of the Bible. And I often get to to point out that the way a student worded a particular statement means that they’re affirming something that was actually condemned as heresy at one of the ecumenical councils. That’s always fun.
My favorite, though, is when a student makes a claim that seems to contradict something they affirmed elsewhere in the statement. That’s when I get to draw a big arrow from X to Y asking them to clarify how both of those statements can be true. Oh the joys of grading.
When I’m reading Karl Barth’s theology, I often want to draw some arrows.