Theology of the Hammer
In order for us as a society to move forward, I believe that we must adapt the same
central ideas that Habitat for Humanity implements. The mission for Habitat for Humanity
simply is to eliminate poverty housing by partnering with families to build and renovate
houses. They implement "Matching the Word with Deed" (Fuller 21). I feel that this is
important because preaching the good word of God is not the only way to help people, as
there are many forms of doing God's work. "We know equally well that talking and praying
alone will never dig the foundation, nor will piety by itself put up the walls. Only the
powerful combination of the word and deed can get the job done" (Fuller 26). I really
hate coining old clichés, but simply put " you can not just talk the talk, but you must
also walk the walk."
I firmly believe that Fuller's views are very realistic. The term "theology of the
hammer" is basically about "…doing more than just talk about faith and sing about love.
We must put faith and love into action to make them real, to make them come alive for
people. Faith must be incarnated; that is to say, it must become more than a verbal
proclamation or an intellectual assent. True faith must be acted out." (Fuller 7). I do