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)
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