What Constitutes Theology?

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This squeeze is a big Job!

If I can only get the theo Ray in my head ... words are difficult until into the Maw Trix ...
 
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Funny but sadly true. This, unfortunately, is how a lot of people do theology. It is bad theology, of course. Theology should be about realizing God doesn't fit in our little box (God is in the box, outside the box, and is the box) and exploring that that means and what God really is.

And, as always, I'm not just talking about traditional, conservative, or fundamentalist Christians. I see a lot of this in liberal and progressive theology.

Even atheists, who need God to fit into a little box to make it easier to dissect and critique belief in God. A God who doesn't fit in a box is a lot harder to wave away.
 

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Redbaron and BetteTheRed ----you have sparked me to do some research on theology --so I thank you for that-----there are actually 4 types of Theology that I have found ------

Study theology: what are the four types of theology?
  • Biblical studies. This pillar of theology is the critical examination and interpretation of theological texts. ...
  • Church history. As the name suggests, this is the study of how Christian theology has changed over time. ...
  • Systematic theology. ...
  • Practical theology. ...
  • Study theology and progress your faith journey.


This below is from the Blue Letter Bible sight ---Just posting certain Parts you can read all for yourselves if you want to ------

blueletterbible.org/Comm/stewart_don/faq/bible-basics/question1-what-is-christian-theology.cfm

What Is Christian Theology?
As we begin our course of study, it is important that we have a correct understanding of some basic concepts. First on our list is the definition and explanation of the word, “theology.” What do we mean when we use the word theology?

Theology Defined: the Study of God
Theology is the science of God. The term, “theology,” literally means, “the study of God.” It is derived from two Greek words. Theos is the Greek word for God, while the word logos can mean “discourse,” or, “the study of.” Theology, therefore, is thinking, or studying, about God. It is important that we realize that there is no higher activity that a person can pursue than the study of God.

The Bible says that every Christian begins to personally know God the moment they believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said:

This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ. (John 17:3 HCSB)
The Christian life is a relationship between the believer and the Creator. This relationship grows and matures as the believer learns more about the God in whom they have trusted. The apostle Paul spoke of believers being made rich in their knowledge of God. He wrote the following:

For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind. (1 Corinthians 1:5 NRSV)
Christian Theology Is the Study of the God of the Bible
While the word theology simply refers to the rational study of God, “Christian” theology is unique. It is the intelligent study of the “Christian” faith. It limits itself to the study of the living and true God of the Bible rather than the gods of other religions; for He is the only God who exists.

Christian theology is thus to be distinguished from the theology of other religions, as well as the beliefs of the secular culture. It is what sets Christianity apart from all other belief systems.

The Term, “Theology” Is Used in Two Different Ways by Christians
The word theology, in Christian usage, is used in two ways. There is a narrow sense of the term as well as a wider sense.

  1. The Narrow Sense Is the Doctrine of God
    In a narrow sense, the term, “theology” refers to the specific study of the doctrine of the God of the Bible. It explores His existence, His character, and His works. In this sense of the term, the idea of theology limits the study to God alone. This is also known as “theology proper,” or the “doctrine of God.”
  2. The Broader Sense Is All Christian Teaching
    In a broader sense, theology refers to the sum total of Christian teaching. Used in the broadest sense, theology can be described as the science that deals with our knowledge of the God of the Bible and His relationship to humankind. This is the sense in which the term is most-often used.
 

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Theo Logical Etude is complex ... and the desire for KISS does its thing and hormones flow ... virtually unseen!
 

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Is systemic theology as bad as systemic racism given the rush to put down the support system under fete ...

Has there ever been such a party as a war party for disturbing the status quo? Can' drumph that ...
 

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In response to the title question.

Theology is defined as the study of the nature of God and religious belief. Therefore any discussion touching on either constitutes theolgy.

The theology can be good, bad, or middling. The theology can be critical or apologetic. The theology can be rash or informed.
 

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In response to the title question.

Theology is defined as the study of the nature of God and religious belief. Therefore any discussion touching on either constitutes theolgy.

The theology can be good, bad, or middling. The theology can be critical or apologetic. The theology can be rash or informed.
If God includes everything ... should all things be studied and familiar to us? This would really cause some gods to blow ... as they prefer bliss and ignorance!
 
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