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 made flesh.

The goal of theology is 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.