Isn’t this our task, whether in theology or philosophy or science? Yet this invitation takes on different meanings depending on the mind of the speaker. When I use this phrase, I’m usually suggesting that my colleague stands to learn something from me in the bargain. This is the idea of “airing the argument” implied in the offer to reason together.On the merely human plane then, the invitation to reason is at worst a pretext for an attempt to manipulate the other, or at best an openness to negotiation. To reason with God however, is an entirely different form of exercise–it is the unsolicited wrestling match that Jacob experienced in the night [Gen. 32.24].The Lord does not reason as you and I do. When the Lord suggests we reason together, he has need neither to coerce nor to negotiate. The partnership is not between peers. It is his message which we are to absorb and understand and obey. The invitation and its acceptance jointly become an act of revelation.We do well to remember that the first theologian was the snake [Gen. 3]. He rears his ugly head every time theologians do battle with one another by claiming to know the mind of God. We do not “do theology” by claiming to know the mind of God; rather, by receiving the mind of the Son of Man we can and must “do theology.” We do so boldly, joyfully, and at the same time mindful that the first step away from revelation is the first step toward the slippery slope that leads into the abyss of theology for its own sake.