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What is theology?

Think Christianly: What is theology?

Friday, June 5, 2009

What is theology?

Technically, theology is the study of God. But the goal of theology is not to accumulate data about God. Theology should deeply affect us—from head to toe. Theologian David Clark paints a compelling picture, “When…theology reaches full bloom, it blossoms into…the wisdom of God. This leads us to passionate love for God, genuine worship of the Trinity, true community with fellow Christians, and loving service in personal evangelism social compassion—all to the glory of God. That is what it means to know and love the true and living God. Absolutely nothing matters more." Or put another way, "we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter. 3:18). In a very important sense, everyone is a theologian because we all have thoughts about God. The big question is...are they true? (i.e., do they accurately reflect God's nature and character?).

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