Interested in theology and not afraid to pursue it? Studying theology is part adventure, part discipline, and part transformation. It is to go to another place and find yourself both disconcerted and at home. It is to situate yourself under searching questions and allow the best contemporary scholarship to lead you to an answer relevant for today. Who is the God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth? How are scriptural texts to be understood? How do Christian convictions connect with real life? As a person of faith, what is my role in the world God loves? What aspects of my faith remain relevant for living in this culture at this time?
Christian theology in particular challenges us to explore how belief in the God who is love leads to ethical living, advocacy for justice, and care for others? It also seeks to understand the patterns of worship that have emerged, what has made them flourish, and what leads to meaningful change.
Theological study is cross-disciplinary. It works with disciplines such as history, philosophy, psychology, social sciences, textual analysis, linguistic study, and symbol to bring the best of human thought to bear on the presence and meaning of the divine in our world. Engaging with theology opens us to the broad flourishing of wisdom.
Theological study does not shy away from difficult questions. It can be unsettling. It leads to thinking about the major challenges of our time, including injustice, environmental degradation, the inequitable use of the world's natural resources, racism, violence, and various forms of intolerance. It also seeks to show ways in which theology has been complicit in the wrongs of the past and how it might contribute to redressing those wrongs.
Ultimately, theology is an excursion into the triumph of love, hope, and grace. That's why it's worth the study!