The purpose of theology (part 1)

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer, a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education. What is the purpose of theology? In this and my next two posts (part 2 and part 3), I’ll outline my response to this question from an evangelical Christian perspective. Some definitions of the term “theology” give us insight …

The constructive task of theology

Welcome to The Theology Whisperer, a series of short blog posts on theology and theological education. In previous posts I outlined the descriptive and critical tasks of theology; in this post (and the next), I want to look at theology’s constructive task. By this I mean theological work characterised not only by good biblical interpretation …

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. …

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 …