The results of theology

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The results of theology

Postby suminonA » Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:47 am

Again: theology is the study of the nature of God. The only premise necessary in this study is that it assumes diety exists. Theology includes Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.
This is a definition of theology that came up in another thread. I don’t think the author is relevant, that’s why I give no screenname.

As a very skeptical atheist, my “result” of this study is quite non-interesting.

But I’d like to find out what others have found throughout the millennia of study, and what the main and most important results of theology are to this day.

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Postby suminonA » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:20 am

Well?

* taking another patience pill *

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Postby Amka » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:00 pm

I've been thinking about it, and organizing stuff in my head. But my little guy was throwing up all day yesterday, and then I had my work in the evening. (www.geekatplay.com) He's fine now, but I"m still not organized enough to write anything down. Maybe later today.

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Postby Rei » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:02 pm

I'll admit, I'm not really certain what you are asking. It sounds like you are asking what theology has concluded about the nature of God, but that question is so impossibly huge that it would be impractical to try and answer on a public forum, which leads me to suspect that I'm not quite following what you are looking for.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:12 pm

I'm with Rei. I'm not sure what you're asking. Epistemology? Soteriology? Christology? Non-Christian theology? History of theology?

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Postby suminonA » Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:17 am

I'll admit, I'm not really certain what you are asking. It sounds like you are asking what theology has concluded about the nature of God, but that question is so impossibly huge that it would be impractical to try and answer on a public forum, which leads me to suspect that I'm not quite following what you are looking for.
- - - emphasis added - - -

That’s precisely what I’m asking, but not “the impossible huge (e.g. complete)” answer.
As I said in the first post, I’d settle with the main and most important results of theology. There must be some priority of importance in those findings.

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Hee, Firefox spellcheck doesn't like my words.
What’s with you and Firefox spellchecker? You trust it more than you trust yourself?
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:36 am

Nope, since I mostly ignore it. :D It's not good with specialist words. I educate it.
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Postby suminonA » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:23 am

I'm not sure what you're asking. Epistemology? Soteriology? Christology? Non-Christian theology? History of theology?
If in doubt, let's start with epistemology. :)

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Postby suminonA » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:38 am

*Bump*

I really thought that there would be more answers. Is it such a difficult question? I'm still waiting, but I reserve my right to bump this from time to time, so maybe new people would take an interest in it. :)

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Re: The results of theology

Postby KennEnder » Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:12 pm

I’d like to find out what others have found throughout the millennia of study, and what the main and most important results of theology are to this day. A.
It seems to me that if you REALLY want to know what has been discerned about theology throughout the millennia, there are better ways to research it than in any forum, here or elsewhere. Such are the miracles of internet searches, Wikipedia, and even countless specialist sites around the world. Being such a huge topic, you will get (as you have found) very few answers because no one wants to take the time to regurgitate what is so readily available elsewhere.

If, however, you are asking what our individual beliefs are concerning God/god/gods, then obviously a forum is more appropriate. A very narrow question and therefore a narrow, definable answer.

"Do you believe in God?"

"Do you believe that religion has benefited mankind or hurt it?"

"Do you believe that mankind would be better off with a single religion at any cost, no religion, or a mixed bag of religions?"



Just my two cents, because I have no time to recite lessons of millenia.
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Re: The results of theology

Postby suminonA » Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:27 pm

KennEnder, thank you greatly for your input. I like the fact that even if you couldn’t answer my question as it stands (or seems to stand), you said what’s “wrong with it”.
Just my two cents, because I have no time to recite lessons of millenia.
For the record, and as I already said in a previous post, I don’t expect here (or elsewhere) anyone to “recite the lessons of millennia”. This is not the purpose of this thread, and I’m sorry that this is what the opening post seems to imply.

So, what I really am looking for here is what each of you considers to be the most important, let’s say-- three -- findings of theology, as you see it. (The sum of many such answers would ideally give a view, as good as possible on a forum, of the infamous “results of the millennia” of study.)

And if this helps, this is in the larger context where a theoretical discussion came up in another thread, concerning the properties of theology, while I’m not sure what its results really are “to this day”.

If this is also too much to ask, I’ll look for some more approachable questions to share with you.

Again, thank you.

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Postby Eaquae Legit » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:27 am

I don't honestly know if you know what you're asking for. You seem to be asking for "what are the three most important (to you) beliefs/teachings of your faith?", which is a totally different issue than theology.

What are the three most important developments of sociology?

It just doesn't work that way, and everyone's answer will be affected by their religion and denomination. Ami and I (in the other thread) were discussing theology as methodology, not as doctrine.

If you want a "Greatest Hits" of Christian theology, I can recommend "Christian Theology: An Introduction" by Alister McGrath. As it stands, though, your question is pretty unanswerable.

I'll take a stab at the "what are the three most important beliefs of your faith?" because you seem to be interested in that anyway.

1. The Nicene Creed. I love the Apostles' Creed and could probably recite it in my sleep (I actually am sure I have), but the Nicene Creed is slightly more specific.
2. The theology of the Eucharist.
3. Catholic soteriology. The humility that says we aren't God and we don't know exactly who or how people get into heaven. The recognition of grey areas. The openness of it.
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Postby suminonA » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:02 am

Many thanks to you too, Eaquae Legit. Could you develop a bit the second point, “the theology of the Eucharist.”, please?

You were talking in a previous post about the epistemology of theology. That too would be a nice thing if you (or someone else) could present in large lines for starters.
You seem to be asking for "what are the three most important (to you) beliefs/teachings of your faith?", which is a totally different issue than theology.
Ok then, what is THE ISSUE of theology? What is it used for? How is it used? Who uses it? Can it be taught or is it 100% “inspired”? I really am lost here …

I don’t want to press anyone, I’ll be waiting for the answers as they come along. Thanks.

A.

PS: If I knew what I was asking for, I wouldn’t be asking, would I? /joke.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:22 am

Epistemology is one of the branches of theology. How we know what we think we know, where does this knowledge come from, etc, etc. A branch I think you'd be quite interested in. ;)

Soteriology is the theology of salvation.

Christology is the theology of Christ and messianism.

Liberation theology concerns the place and rights of the poor in the world.

There are a lot of other branches which I can't remember off the top of my head. I'm digging deep in my brain tonight. I only ever took one theology course, waaaay back in my very first term. First university class ever, actually. It's been a while. McGrath's book is quite good, and I'm not referring you to it as a cop-out, but rather just because he knows the topic far better than I.
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Postby suminonA » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:48 am

Epistemology is one of the branches of theology. How we know what we think we know, where does this knowledge come from, etc, etc. A branch I think you'd be quite interested in. ;)
Yes, yes !! This is the stuff I’d like to hear more about. :) If only someone who knows this things could present them here. (not only for me, but for all that lurk over these threads ;) )
I will look for the book you indicated, thank you.
Soteriology is the theology of salvation.

Christology is the theology of Christ and messianism.

Liberation theology concerns the place and rights of the poor in the world.
Wow, each definition brings out more terms that I’d need explaining. Talk about learning from “simple discussions on internet forums” :)

I’ll stick around,

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