CAT GACK

I have found that talking about writing and reading theologically as “hacking up a hairball” not only is a gross but funny way of introducing theological writing and reading, but it also gives a helpful structure for working through a theological text.  CAT GACK stands for:

C = the Context of the author
A = the Author of the text
T = the Theological tradition or presuppositions of the author

G = the Genre that the author uses or used to communicate with the audience
A = the intended or original Audience of the text
C = the Context of the audience
K = the Key ideas that the author wanted or wants to communicate with the audience