Theology Tuesday: What is Theology?
Dry academia? A mere seminary discipline? A practice for the intellectual elite?
Theology does not have to be like this! Theology is the study or the doctrine of God. In its truest form, it’s a way for us to get to know our God better. R.C. Sproul helps us out:
The word theology shares a suffix, -ology, with the names of many disciplines and sciences, such as biology, physiology, and anthropology. The suffix comes from the Greek word logos, which we find in the opening of John’s gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Greek word logos means “word” or “idea,” or, as one philosopher translated it, “logic” (it is also the term from which we get the English word logic). So when we study biology, we are looking at the word or logic of life. Anthropology is the word or logic about humans, anthrōpos being the Greek word for man. The primary part of the word theology comes from the Greek theos, which means “god,” so theology is the word or logic of God Himself. (1)
Sadly, this term is misunderstood as being the cause of division in …read more