This Saturday, September 10, the Center for Theology will be sponsoring the second Table Talk event (a theological discussion group that wrestles with difficult questions facing the church) at All Saints’ Anglican church in Amesbury, Massachusetts. At the first Table Talk, the discussion group provided answers to the question “What is Good Theology?” You can read a summary of the group’s discussion by John Pryor here. The second Table Talk event will focus more specifically on the definition of theology itself. As a preview to the Table Talk event, contributor Matthew Brench has provided a thorough yet accessible definition of the theological task in his recent post “How Everyone’s a Theologian.” Brench capably spells out the various characteristics of theology to help us understand that anyone who speaks about God is engaging the theological task. We invite you to submit your comments to help participants in Table Talk improve their discussion.
Elsewhere, John Battle has published online his teaching notes for his class “Introduction to Theology.” His notes provide a good primer on the definition of theology and why it is important to spiritual formation, biblical interpretation, and the improvement of fellowship.
GotQuestions offers a very brief answer to the question “What is Theology,” defining the discipline as an “art and a science.” Even though the discipline surely transcends the tasks of art and science, many theologians who have spent countless hours in the theological task will appreciate the artistic and scientific character of theology.
Jollyblogger, which offers posts from an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor, explores the nature of theology in a series of three posts (part 1, part 2, and part 3). Jollyblogger shares the same view as the Center for Theology regarding theology, which recognizes that theology is more than mere academic study that over-intellectualizes God. Rather, theology is applicable to real life since it helps us know and love our great and glorious God.
Finally, take time to read some personal reflections by N. T. Wright on the theological task, in his article “My Pilgrimage in Theology.”