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The Task of Theology: A Thesis

The fundamental problems of doing theology and disagreements within theology most often have to with the the threefold issue of Christ, the church, and the world.  The questions of theology and theology’s internal disputations can very often if not always be traced back to different ways of configuring these three theological realities.  Therefore the task of theology today will largely consist of offering a vision of Christ, the church, and the world that is theologically sound.  Not thinking through the problems of theology in this way will make us miss the crucial questions of theology and inhibit proper resolutions of theological disputes.


  1. Bobby Grow wrote:

    I agree.

    Monday, March 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  2. Andrew wrote:

    i have to agree with this. the fundamental problems with moving forward with any ecumenical interests tend to come from these same sources.
    my issues with hauerwas and the yoder (and ultimately barth and calvin) crowd comes from all three points. recognizing my own affinities and preferences (eastern orthodox), i find that i disagree quite strongly with the calvinist’s vision of the world and what the church does (which may, in fact, be very little). but i haven’t arrived at a place where i might have something better to say.

    Monday, March 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Richard wrote:

    I think that a fourth facet comes up a great deal: A view of the human agent.

    For example, do humans have free will? Are we depraved (original sin)? Do we possess a soul or are we fully physical creatures? etc.

    Monday, March 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

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