Thinking Theologically, a quest to know God
October 16, 2014
So many thoughts came into my mind as I began to read “Who Needs Theology” because this book hit on a lot of points that have a lot to do with my theological thinking today. At Azusa Pacific University our program consisted of core courses in Bible, Theology and Ministry. My favorite of the three was Ministry and Theology was my least liked. The reason was I wanted more practical things that are relevant to my life today so I thought. After reading this it is important to have theology. Knowing God better has to do with thinking about God and critically analyzing things about God and that has to do with God. Because I was following other people’s beliefs and their thoughts on theology I got sidetracked because I began to think differently than they did and it seemed to get me in trouble. I used to love Theology more than anything because I knew the doctrines of the bible so well when I first became a minster. Through my encounters with God I began to do critical thinking about things I had learned and things I studied and I became confused because a lot of things did not add up. There are too many things that did not add up so I don’t want to get into that. I want to just hit on some points in this reading that has renewed my theological love and desire.
One of the thoughts from the reading that I jotted down was that we need theology. “Being a professional theologian exists to serve the community of faith, not to dictate to it, or lord it over it intellectually.”[Loc. 66] We have to be theologians to serve the community of faith. Knowing that orthodox religion is the offspring from accepted theology opposed to heretical teaching. Theologians are there to serve the community in not just teaching theology to educate but also to protect the Christian community from erogenous doctrine.
I like the concept that “every thinking person to some degree is a theologian when they think about God.” [Loc 178] I don’t think that this gives a person the authority to be a teacher of theology though. I think those who apply themselves to standards of scholarship and learning should be in the teaching position. Yet it is from thinking about God that I was lead to really start hungering and thirsting for God. The ability to think about God is the beginning to want to know more about God.
This book teaches a lot about sound theology and this separates it just from the idea of thinking about God. You can think what you want about God. There are so many views about God that I know, but it is important to have sound thinking about God. I liked this book so much because I got back on track of why I loved theology before. They say in the book that you can get off track in your theology if you forget the reason you got in it to begin with. I think a lot of times theologians do this. I thank God that this book refreshed me on the reason I want to study about God. I need Theology because I can’t help thinking about God every time I wake up. So “Who needs theology” anyone who is interested in knowing him better and who cant stop thinking about Him!
[I read my book from a Kindle book and it had locations not pages]