Theology and social context
One of the debates I keep having is the problem of explaining aspects of Christian origins largely in terms of social context. In the context of the Cold War, I can see why a stress on social context was a problem for Christians. But now I can't fully understand why it has to remain so theologically problematic now, at least that's the impression I get from verbal debates, including some on this blog. Given the usual Christian theological assumptions why should it matter if individual genius or socio-economic context is stressed as key causal factor? If God is in control of history, the world and all that, why should a theology sparked off by social context be problematical? And is there not a theological problem of stressing individual genius? I realise this may all sound very naive and I could be missing something obvious but it has been ages since I did my theology degree so forgive me.
Anything to say on this?