Cos 112-1 Essay

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Chapter 1 – What is Theology? The author addresses this multi-faceted question by offering ideas on what theology is and by providing a few things that theology isn’t. The first section explores theology as an explanation of reality and the historical inherent shortcomings of this perspective. Though there are many Christians today who still attempt to use Christianity as science, the historical debacles of Galileo, Bruno, and the authoritative tyranny of the medieval Church are lessons that many seem unable to extrapolate to the present. With this viewpoint there will be a perpetual and ever-increasing between religion and science as is currently witnessed on many fronts such as in the evolution vs. creationism debates. Not really knowing what was meant by “sections” to be summarized, I have tried to address the major and more pertinent parts of the book. Next is an exploration of theology as a vehicle for the systemization or formal prescription for believers. Though there is some basis for considering this to be a worthwhile purpose for theology, the logical question to be asked concerns who gets to decide the soundness of the system. The fact that there are in existence now untold thousands of denominations and “mini-systems” indicates the likelihood that there will never be one completely unified system. However, this is a very good function of theology provided that there is the understanding that a multitude of approaches is natural and normal, and that there is a commitment to tolerance and unity despite the difference in perspective. Next is a discussion of theology being a bridge for unbelievers. For me personally, this is the best definition for theology. Theology should attract rather than promote, and it definitely should not seek converts via tyranny. Using the bridge approach was exactly what was done by Jesus as he sought to convert
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