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Dissertation Writer’s Block

So here I am ready to start my argument for my thesis and I have a massive case of writer’s block. I have been working for 3.5 years, read thousands of pages, and wrote hundreds of pages. This is what I have been working toward. So what gives?

Here is where I am to date. I have completed the Introduction and ten chapters. I am up to page 125. Chapter eleven is where I was planning to finally state my argument for my thesis, “God essence is neither love nor holiness, but rather is perfection.” Here is my position, since God is a simple substance (cannot be divided into parts) if one calls God’s love perfect then God’s other characteristics must also be called perfect. This means he has perfect love, perfect knowledge, perfect justice, and perfect wrath.

If God is perfect, then why do so many of our churches preach a great deal about God’s love but not so much about God’s other characteristics? Geeradus Vos was the Biblical Theology Chair at Princeton Seminary in the early 20th century. In 1902 he stated, we have focused so much on God’s love our people have lost the ability to feel convicted over their sins. I wonder what Vos would think if he was alive today?

Pray for me as I seek to get out of this funky writer’s block.


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