I now accept the model of “pilgrimage” as a valid hermeneutical framework for theology. This doesn’t mean the “fetishism” of medieval pilgrimages to go worship a skeleton, but rather affirms doing theology in this life as a midway point to the Age to Come.
My initial problem was with how I saw it applied and also with my own priorities in life. I could not see how a Pilgrim Theology could square with “winnin’ da gummint back for Jee-Zus.”
My priorities were in the wrong place. A theologia viator is ideal for life in the church. It has a necessarily eschatological thrust to it.