Do-It-Yourself Theological Construct
Compose 10,000 impressive sentences. Select a phrase from each column to form statements which sound profound.
Column A Column B Column C Column D
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1 A formal analysis 1 the meaning of 1 is further 1 the relevant
will quickly show major elements compounded by dynamics of
that considering Luke-Acts.
2 From an 2 the linguistic 2 imposes 2 the ramifications
exegetical point consideration smothering of consensus-
of view constraints upon building.
3 Although Moltmann 3 a structural 3 necessitates that 3 the clarity of
does not state it dynamic urgent the sociological
in so many words, analysis consideration dimensions.
the implication be made of
is clear that
4 There can be no 4 the 4 adds 4 the unfortunate
doubt that eschatological considerable faux-pas of
structure urgency to neo-orthodoxy.
5 Based upon 5 the homiletic 5 calls into 5 any attempt to
interdisciplinary problem question introduce
6 In the last 6 a liturgical 6 must give way 6 an emphasis on
analysis perspective to dogmatics.
7 From a strictly 7 the introduction 7 orients the 7 undue reliance on
theological view of gnosticism serious scholar derivative
point toward materials.
8 Most scholars 8 the underlying 8 provokes an 8 global
seem to have question examination of perspectives.
9 Under the guise 9 an ahistorical 9 tends toward 9 excessive use of
of liberalism stance the 19th century
0 One might say 0 a need to 0 drives us to 0 a soteriological
master the data consider point of view.
Those who have not yet mastered theological conversation will find this guide invaluable in conversing with peers and authorities. Simply think of any 4-digit number
(say, 6518) and read off the similarly numbered phrases from columns A, B, C, and D. (For example, 6518 is “In the last analysis, the homiletic problem is further
compounded by considering global perspectives.”) Never mind what it means; just use it and watch the way you bring conversation to a halt. You can compose
profound reports by using varied number combinations.
As you become more proficient in its use, you may wish to experiment with varying the column sequence, e.g., BACD, CBAD, etc. These advanced configurations
are not recommended for beginners, however, requiring as they do sophisticated dexterity with punctuation.