What is Theology?

What is Theology?

What is Theology?

What is Theology?Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a series about theology. I’ll be answering questions like: What is theology?, Why should we study theology?, Are there different types of theology?, and How do I know I have the right theology?

Theology comes from two Greek words. “Theos” meaning “God” and “logos” meaning “word” or “discourse.” So, theology can literally mean, “a discourse about God” or “the study of God.” Christian theology is the study of God as revealed through the Scripture, the Bible.

“The study of theology, then, is nothing more than digging into God’s Word to discover what He has revealed about Himself. When we do this, we come to know Him as Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, and Judge of all things.” (Got Questions?, p 278)


What is Theology?“It [theology] refers to not only God but to all that God has revealed to us in sacred Scripture.” ~ RC Sproul (“Everyone’s A Theologian,” p.4)

Another word often used alongside “theology” is “doctrine.” “Doctrine” comes from the Greek word “didaskolos” which means “teaching.” Some synonyms include “creed,” “belief,” “teaching,” “ideology,” and “dogma.”

Theology includes the study of doctrines of Scripture. Theology is what forms our doctrines.

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

What is Theology?




  • I was so interested to read your post. One of our ministers explained the meaning of theology to us a long time ago and it’s so important to share. I think the word theology can sometimes be a little intimidating but once you know what it means, it’s actually very simple. Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Angela Howard

    Great basics to start. Sometimes we hear a word but don’t really think about the meaning. As a minister I applaud your heart to teach! Visiting from #turnituptuesday 🙂

  • What we believe about God gauges everything about us!

  • And may we find that our awe and wonder over truth about God translates into actions that broadcast His surpassing glory!

    • Yes! It has been said that our theology fuels our doxology or our orthodoxy inspires our orthopraxy. Essentially, what we think about God inspires how we act in our lives. 😀

  • Doctrine is so important, and I will look forward to your posts. Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    Thanks for sharing over at #TeaAndWord! This sounds like a great series and can’t wait to read more!