Isn’t theology supposed to be prescriptive?

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer,  a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education.   The task of theology has to begin somewhere, and a good starting point is description – or, as I noted in my last post, the task of clarifying the content and practical implications of the Christian faith. But …

The descriptive task of theology

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer,  a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education.   If theology is about faith seeking understanding, what do we mean by “understanding”? What kind of understanding, and to what ends?  To answer those questions, we need to recognise that good theology serves several distinct purposes or tasks. …

What makes Christian theology distinctive?

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer,  a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education. Why is theology viewed as a distinctive realm of knowledge, and what is distinctive about Christian theology? The answer to both questions lies in the strong reliance of religious traditions on scriptures and other sacred writings, for which an …

The joy of theological learning

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer,  a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education. Theological education in the twenty-first century usually involves formal training in structured programs, usually at a post-secondary level, with the primary aim of preparing students for a vocation of leadership and service within the church. As theologian Bernard Ott …