Prayer as the "Lifeline of Theology"
Marilyn McCord Adams
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The thesis of this essay is that—before writing—theologians should
get to know their subject matter. Prayer is the lifeline of theology, because
God is the subject matter of theology and prayer is our way of being in the
world with God. Developing this idea first with human family and partnership
models brings out how multifaceted prayer is, and how it is a way of being in
the world not only for individuals but for Christian communities. Applying these
observations to the task of theology, the essay attempts to clarify the thesis
by answering the charge that it makes theology perniciously subjective.