08 June 2010

Spener: What Matters

[A] young man who fervently loves God, although adorned with limited gifts, will be more useful to the church of God with his meager talent and academic achievement than a vain and worldly fool with double doctor's degrees who is very clever but has not been taught by God.

--Philip Jacob Spener, German Pietist pastor, quoted in William Baird, History of New Testament Research, Volume 1: From Deism to Tuebingen, p. 61

HT: Mike Bird

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