Applied Theology


APPLIED THEOLOGY SERIES

Introduction | The Incarnation | The Image of God | The omniscience/omnipotence of God 

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.

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3 thoughts on “Applied Theology

  1. I personally go as far as saying that “everybody has his own individual theological system and that every theology (every thought for that matter) has a direct correlation to every action that each one takes, thus I believe, genuine theology begets genuine action – good theology begets true good works.” Every theology is “applied” one way or the other, a person’s actions reveals his theological concepts.

    Come to think about it, whenever Jesus reveals Theological truth, he follows it up immediately with a corresponding action point. For example he says the profound theological truth, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” and then he says “therefore go and make disciples of all nations”.

    It is indeed true, that “by their fruits, you will know that they are my disciples.”

    looking forward to the posts.

  2. True to a point. I think some people hold certain theological beliefs, but fail to see how those beliefs should affect how they act – that or the beliefs aren’t significant enough to the person to act on those beliefs.

    Someone can say, “I believe we’re all created equal,” but then proceed to treat the poor or those of a different color in a disparaging manner (like the Founding Fathers) – showing some inconsistency or lack of understanding of what their theology actually means in application.

  3. I think that most times if someone claims a belief and the action effected by that belief is absent then that person probably has conflicting presuppositions or is placating their own feelings as opposed to what they know to be true.

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