DiscussionPrompts on Experience with Theology
DiscussionPrompts on Experience with Theology
1.When you hear the word theology, what comes to your mind?
Itake theology as the comprehension of the world, religion, culture,and deities. Having grown up in a predominantly Christian family andcommunity, I relate with the term with much awe based on the mannerpeople esteem theologians. Francis (2013) asserts that most societiesadmire presentists, as they offer insight into the workings ofnature, the authority of divinities, and diverse beliefs on faith. AsI grew older and became exposed to a larger community I came to graspthat the word ‘theology’ invokes different perceptions to diversepeople. However, for me it entails a doctrine which looks to assessChristian teachings as depicted through the Bible as ultimate truthsconcerning an invisible, omnipotent God. Therefore, it relates toknowing and understanding God and His intentional purpose for man(McGrath, 2016). The concept is basically a systematic Christianfounded dogma that solely works to give students a comprehensiveperception of God under guidance from the biblical texts which arealso the “Word of God” (McGrath, 2016). The Bible has relativelyremained in its initial form as discovered in caves within theArabian deserts. Its usage over the years which has witnessed growthand development in the manner people understand and identify withGod, implies that Christians are getting a better understanding ofwho is Divinity. Furthermore, it allows individuals to comprehend theworkings of the universe, gain knowledge on the authority of God, anddevelop critical view in reflecting on issues that affect people.Based on what I have experienced or learnt, I understand theology asan exploration to religious traditions, standards, perceptions, anddisciplines. As such, people can utilize the concept propagate theirbeliefs, address situations, explore divergent issues, comprehendnature, and defend their opinions.
2.What experience have you had in your past with the study of theology?
Inmy earlier experiences with the concept as a field of study, Iunderstood that it entailed thought processes on God. As such, I cameto understand it involves looking at the divinities and thoughts.Past experiences opened a new frontier such that it is a study thathas marveled academicians greatly dating back to the age of thePharaohs. Numerous Christians seek to acquire a unique and truerelationship with God and many have looked to studying theology tospiritual development and subsequent maturity (Fleming & Lovat,2015). Many academic institutions indeed have fully fledgeddepartments dedicated to teaching the subject where successfulstudents qualify as certified theologians. Becoming a theologian isan academic endeavor where an individual specializes in a branch,acquires graduate training, and eventually employ technical languagecommonly understood by other certified theologians. These termsinclude ontological trinity, soteriology, and hypostatic union. Assuch, one understands that divinity is very different and distinctfrom the internalized beliefs inculcated through childhood intoadulthood from families as well as local communities (Francis, 2013).Understanding the broad and specific nature of theology thereforetranslates to spiritual enlighten beyond what one was previouslylimited. In covering numerous subjects of the study, I have come tolearn that it extends to other subjects rather than concentrating onthe exploration of deities. For instance, I have taken courses thathave embraced sociology, beliefs, literature, history, andanthropology.
3.Besides a passing grade, what do you hope to take away from thiscourse
Theologybasically entails doctrines held true by Christians or those theyassent. These principles are of critical importance but most peoplefail to look to such through the strong connection with these dogmasand the way Christians live (McGrath, 2016). Divinity indeedappertains to everything expended in day to day living. Looking atthis issue from a standpoint that observes theology as a broad topic,every Christian happens to be a presentist (Francis, 2013). Thistheological understanding informs the framework governing how eachindividual Christians relates to life. For instance, there arenumerous instances where Christians understand the canons progressedthrough religion but due to one reason or another do not conform tosuch. In other occasions Christians perceive that doctrines held astrue do not reflect the actual truth thus, call for introspection orre-examination (Fleming & Lovat, 2015). Given that theologyappertains to gaining knowledge as to how God purposes for Hischildren, understanding theology enables Christian to walk in thestraight and narrow in a quest to abide by his word. Other than beinga means to pass exams, theology is a potent avenue through whichChristians can be equipped with strong moral values that areessential in becoming ethically astute persons. It is imperative topoint out that I want to extend my knowledge of culture and religionas well as think comprehensively on grave issues and questions thataffect human beings. Moreover, I want to understand the numerousspiritual and metaphysical dimensions that one can apply in differentethical situations.
Fleming,D., & Lovat, T. (2015). Learning as leaving home: fear, empathy,and hospitality in the theology and religion classroom. TeachingTheology & Religion, 18(3),207-223.
Francis,L. J. (2013). Implicit religion, explicit religion and purpose inlife: An empirical enquiry among 13-to 15-year-oldadolescents. MentalHealth, Religion & Culture, 16(9),909-921.
McGrath,A. E. (2016). Christiantheology: An introduction.John Wiley & Sons.