October 7, 2005

Principle from Sherlock Holmes

I was doing some reading for my General Psychology class, and I stumbled upon this perceptive quote from Sherlock Holmes in Valley of Fear (Arthur Conan Doyle). Reading this brought to mind several conversations and discussions from the last two weeks or so:

> "The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession."

As a college student, I talk with many who 'believe' something with only the foundation of tradition or even rationality. This quotation reminded me that our only source of Theology is the written Word of God exclusively. It is not up to us to formulate doctrine. Nor is it our responsibility to assume that certain ideas are Truth. We have a sufficient Word.