That might seem like a simple question, and most people would say theology is the study of God. However, some considerations must be made. The greek word Logos is not boxed into the idea of knowledge or study, but it also has the meaning of communication. So is theology just the study of God or it involves communication? If it does, is it focused on the individual or in the community? Can it be both? Is it an intellectual and academic task or an ecclesiastic enterprise? To answer these questions I concisely defined theology in 193 words. Comments about my definition would be appreciated.
“When performed in the Community of God, Theology is the ordered articulation of the Christian faith concerning the triune God based on the faithful, inerrant, and sufficient testimony found in the Holy Bible. It is the rational explication of Divine Revelation, which flourishes as a (1) relational and personal discipline, an (2) academic task, and an (3) ecclesiastic enterprise as the means towards accomplishing greater knowledge of God, in order to influence one’s own life and the community of God surrounding him. Theology is both an (a) intellectual assignment and a (b) spiritual exercise, hence, it must be practiced by people saved by Grace through faith, for the individual engaged in it is involved in a task that ultimately aims practice with and within the community of God. Theology, then, is a community act that, in its rationale, scrutinizes God (i.e. Theology), man (i.e. Anthropology), Christ (i.e. Christology), Salvation (i.e. Soteriology), the Holy Spirit (i.e Pneumatology), the Church (i.e. Ecclesiology), and the end of times (i.e. Eschatology), to produce spiritually mature people who, in their praxis, can think, speak, and live rightly before God for his glory alone.”
A better explication of this definition will be posted further this year. Stay tuned!