The word ‘theology’ often triggers negative reactions—sometimes, even among Christians who frequent churches like Old St. Marys in Detroit. Every so often, you’ll hear someone say they don’t need theology to be good. But the truth is, every believer needs theology. In fact, it’s necessary in everyday life!
What is theology and why should you study it”
The word theology is combination of the Greek words ‘theos,’ meaning ‘God,’ and ‘logos,’ meaning ‘study’ or ‘discuss.’ Basically speaking, theology is the study of God, but this definition is an oversimplification. Since God is a creator who acts in the world and is the source of all that is good, theology includes so much more. Here are four reasons why Christians like you should study theology.
- Everything is theological
Everything comes down to how you answer the question of God. When your child is sick and you and the doctors don’t know why, it’s theology that tells you God is in control, and that his intentions are good no matter how dire your situation may be.
- You need to know why you believe what you believe
Not knowing the reasons behind your belief is not only misguided, it can also be dangerous. Christians are called to theology so they can correctly handle the word of truth. In the face of adversity, theology gives you the weapons to defend your faith and guard against false teaching. Likewise, theology helps Catholics recognize how Catholicism is different from other religions and views.
- Your beliefs impact your actions
When your faith is supported by evidence and experience, you are reminded that your meaning, purpose, significance, and identity is founded in Christ. You don’t feel the need to ‘conform’ to how the world works and thinks. You are transformed by your faith, and this translates into every decision and every action you make every single day.
- Theology is a means of worship
Mark 12:28-30 states that we are to love God with every inch of our being, including our minds. Everything a Catholic does should be done in the name of God, with every action meant to glorify Him.
Now that you know why it’s important to study theology, visit a Catholic church in Detroit like Old St. Marys and discover the difference it can do not only to your faith, but your entire life as well.
Living Theologically: Toward a Theology of Christian Practice, TheologicalStudies.org.uk