A Little Exercise for Young Theologians

Eerdmans, 1962
ISBN: 9780802811981


Since its first appearance in English translation in 1962, this little book has achieved near-classic status. Thousands of beginning theological students have had the opportunity to eavesdrop, as it were, on the opening lecture of a theological seminar by one of the twentieth century’s leading Christian thinkers. More experienced pastors and theologians have also returned to it again and again for the valuable insights that Helmut Thielicke brings to bear on their vocation.

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Key Features

  • Gives classic advice to theologians, new and experienced alike
  • Provides perspective on balancing theological knowledge and clear communication
  • Grounds theology in faith


  • A Preliminary Understanding with the Reader
  • The Anxiety of the Ordinary Christian about Theology
  • Unhappy Experience with a Theologian’s Home-Coming
  • The Theological Change of Voice
  • The Shocks of Infatuation with Theological Concepts
  • Pathology of the Young Theologians’s Conceit
  • The Wisdom of the World As the Ally of Faith
  • The Instinct of the Children of God
  • The Lofty and Difficult Art of Dogmatics
  • The Hazard of the Aesthetic
  • The Study of Dogmatics with Prayer
  • Sacred Theology and Diabolical Theology
  • On Theological Work in High Altitudes

Praise for the Print Edition

To recommend this little exercise as a thin book to put in the pocket of the beginner is not enough. The more seasoned theologian will return to it, and it will touch the pastor who has long since left the halls of theological learning.

—Harvard Divinity School Bulletin

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About Helmut Thielicke

Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) was an internationally known theologian and pastor who served as professor of systematic theology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He wrote several books for scholars, pastors, and laypersons, including Modern Faith & Thought, Theological Ethics, and the three-volume systematic theology The Evangelical Faith.

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