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Sarah Coakley - Why Study Theology?

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Why Study Theology?

In this excellent video from Closer to Truth host Robert Lawrence Kuhn talks with Sarah Coakley about Theology.

Theology is the study of God and religious doctrines. While few people are convinced to become believers by studying theology, many have come to appreciate the issues, complexities, and richness of God through theology.

Sarah Anne Coakley FBA (born 1951) is an English Anglican systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests. She is an honorary professor at the Logos Institute, the University of St Andrews, after she stepped down as Norris–Hulse Professor of Divinity (2007–2018) at the University of Cambridge. She is also Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, both in Melbourne and in Rome.

What is Theology? Does it matter to you in your everyday life?

Sarah Coakley states that Theology is a quest for God which draws forth from the deepest desires to express appropriately ones response to the Transcendent call of God.

" Theology is the systematic study of the nature of the divine and, more broadly, of religious belief. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities and seminaries. It occupies itself with the unique content of analyzing the supernatural, but also deals with religious epistemology, asks and seeks to answer the question of revelation. Revelation pertains to the acceptance of God, gods, or deities, as not only transcendent or above the natural world, but also willing and able to interact with the natural world and, in particular, to reveal themselves to humankind. While theology has turned into a secular field, religious adherents still consider theology to be a discipline that helps them live and understand concepts such as life and love and that helps them lead lives of obedience to the deities they follow or worship." from Wikipedia

When and as you read the Bible daily you are participating in the systematic study of God. Theology is not confined to academia but is found in the lives of everyday Christians.

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