Theology and Christian Theology

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves,

Theology…What comes to mind when you hear this word? Some people consider it to be an academic pursuit, limited to those with a higher education. Others view it with suspicion, believing it to be a source of divisiveness and perhaps even, unbiblical ideas. Some would say it’s just plain boring, irrelevant or theoretical. Perhaps though, you’re one of those who consider “theology” to be an opportunity to grow deeper in God’s word and thereby, enrich your confession of faith. All of these views are held by people, but what is theology really?

Of course, the word “theology,” like many words, can mean different things to different people, but its root meaning (Greek theologia – θεολογία) is words (logos – λόγος) about God (theos – Θεός). Theology is simply how people put into words their understanding of who God is, what God is about and what that means for life.