Before beginning the theological task please remove any and all parts of the self currently deemed unacceptable. If suitable replacement parts are available, attach and use these. Please note, these replacement parts must remain hidden at all times. Only socially sanctioned theological tools may be used. Until current guidelines for theological engagement are met, the preferred method of communication is silence.
All theology must be submitted in writing.
What was it for you?
Which parts of yourself did you
willingly slice off so they would let you do this?
You never get those parts back.
All you can ever do
is point to the place
they used to be
in an attempt to warn others
about making the same mistake.
But it rarely works
we all sacrifice ourselves on this altar
as our hand, poised, ready to remove
that very last piece
we hear the still small voice
And the knife
slick with our own blood
slips through our fingers
and we see the Lamb
– Stacey Wilson, ‘Theology’. In God’s Image 40 (2021): 55.