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What is Theology?
Theology Definition

Simply put, theology is speaking about God. The term ‘theology’ comes from two Greek words: theos (God) and logos (word). That finite beings can even speak of God at all is something of a miracle, made possible by God’s self-revelation culminating in Jesus Christ, the Word (revelation of God) made flesh.

As theologians, we aim to speak well of God in light of the fullness of divine revelation so that we can worship rightly. Medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas captures the heart of the task well: “Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God.” As such theology is not just talking about our triune God but an encounter with him as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Everyone has a theology, and our theology has practical implications for how we live. Theologian A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Our theology determines our beliefs about truth, reality, ethics, and meaning and purpose in life, among other things.

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Houston Baptist University offers several degrees where you can study theology and how it applies to your life.