I often wonder why theology is something that is intimidating to church members, and why there seems to be an apparent lack of it. I was thinking about this about why this is so.
I and others (i.e. Nick and Bryan) have not gone to Bible College, or Seminary, (read about that at Bryan’s blog). We each had our reasons, but it made me think as to why there is not enough theological training within the local church. After all doesn’t it belong in the church? I understand that the church will never function in the true academic sense of what theological scholars do, but nonetheless, should it not play a vital role in it’s theological teaching at the local church? If so to what extent?
This brings me to Stanley Grenz, I think he is stating the same thing, that it does belong in the church.
Stanley Grenz in his book “Theology for the Community of God” says:
Theology, then, is the task of the faith community; it is a community act. Theology is the Christian community reflecting on and articulating the faith of the people who have encountered God in God’s activity as focused in the history of Jesus of Nazareth and who therefore seek to live as the people of God in the contemporary world. Ultimately, then, the propositions of systematic theology find their source and aim in the identity and life of the community it serves. In fact, we need no other rationale to engage in the discipline than our participation in the church. And as Theodore Jennings rightly notes, theological reflection is reflection “on behalf of” – on behalf of a community, a tradition, a world. – Stanley Grenz p8
I know that this is one major reason I blog I don’t get enough of this “Faith Community reflecting on and articulating the faith with people who have encountered God” God bless you bible bloggers!