theology matters, after all, everything is theology

Posted March 8, 2013 @ 6:29am | by Tripp

Middle English theologie, from Anglo-French, from Latin theologia, from Greek, from the- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 14th century
theology - \thē-ˈä-lə-jē\
the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world

Well, Harold Camping said that the Rapture was invisible and the end of the world is still on its way...in October. There's been a fun thread on my Facebook page discussing what this means. Relatedly, I posted a note there while this page was down asking about Armageddon and why we want an angry God. That comment thread is also interesting. In the background was another thread. This was posted on a denominational Facebook page. The initial post was about theology and aesthetics...which matters most in worship? Do we have them reversed? The comments went round and round. We talked about tastes and theology, intellectualism and incarnation. It was a good conversation. The Theological Snob was also in on it and posted a response on his blog.

I have recently been engaged in a "conversation" on Facebook with a whole bunch of Baptist pastors concerning style and aesthetics of worship vs. theology of worship. Obviously a stodgy individual like myself will be for theology over anything fun, beautiful, or moving. As I have been following the conversation and offering my humble thoughts from time to time I have noticed a theme suggesting the notion that in a well thought-out and crafted service the theology will be implicit. One need not lecture theological doctrine or force people to memorize creeds. The people worshipping will embrace the theology of the community, probably unknowingly, and will live out that theology.

 

It's a good reminder. I the light of one person's theology holding the attention of the country, one has to wonder if we mistakingly undervalue our theology. Camping is a fantastic example of someone's theology trumping all else. It should serve as a warning to many of us who want to let theology fall to the wayside when really, it's likely the most important thing afoot. We are always engaging the character of God either intellectually, emotionally, physically, and relationally. As members of the Body of Christ, all we do is theology.

I originally posted this a couple of years ago, May 2011.
Given some of my musings about liturgical theology, it seemed right to run this again.

- The Editor

 
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