Theological Analysis

Theological Analysis - Theology What is theology The...

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Theology * What is theology? The word “ theology ” is comprised of two Greek roots—“logy” (logos = language) and “theo” (theos = God). Thus, “ theology ” is language (logos)—whether spoken or written—about God (theos). Entering into the arena of theological discourse—reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking—is, says Kenneth Burke, like entering a room full of people who are in the middle of conversation. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer . . . another comes to your defense; another aligns against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally’s assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion vigorously in progress. Entering into theological conversation is to participate in a discussion that began long before we arrived, and will continue long after we have departed. One does not have to be a member of the church to enter theological conversation, nor does one have even to be particularly religious. In fact, one does not have even to believe in God. To enter into the theological conversation does not presume a particular faith stance. Many convictions of faith are represented in the theological conversation, including the conviction that there is no god. When thoughts and opinions about God, along with other matters related to faith’s commitment and conviction, come to expression we have entered upon theology. One does not have to participate very long in the theological conversation before
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RELI 120 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '08 term at Gonzaga.

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