APPLIED THEOLOGY SERIES
I’m going to start a series (I’ll attempt to have the first post up tonight) on how to apply theology. Often times we spend great lengths discussing what a theology means, but I think we should also discuss the application of each theological point.
All true theology has a practical application. This is not to say that theology is true only if it has a practical application, but that because it is true it can be applied. This involves all forms of theology, including ecclesiology, soteriology, theology proper (theology about the nature of God), Christology, and so on.
The purpose of this series is two-fold:
1) To show the importance of theology – often times people want us to live the right way and live as Christians and leave theology to the Cemeteries seminaries. I want to show that this view is completely wrong – one cannot live a good life until one has proper theology. This doesn’t mean a person has to have a formal education on philosophy, but simply understands that certain things about Christianity are true and certain things are false. If we abandon theology, or treat it as unimportant, it will eventually affect our actions.
2) To show that theology is more than reading a book – in Christian circles, when people think theology they think “study.” They think it’s all about reading a book and getting to know God better. While this is partially true, there is also an application to theology. I want people who are book smart to learn that theology expands beyond the intellect (it is not anti-intellect and it uses the intellect, but theology also requires using all other aspects of humanness) and requires that we act on theology as well.
I don’t know how long this series will be, but I expect it to be sporadic as I want to write about other stuff as well.