Friday, December 9, 2011

Why do we study theology?

Theology must be in the service of the church and its mission. Authentic theology must be shaped by what we might call a missionary hermeneutic. Theology divorced from this context is essentially barren, self-referential and indulgent. David Bosch says:
‘Just as the church ceases to be the church if it is not missionary, theology ceases to be theology if it loses its missionary character… We are in need of a missiological agenda for theology rather than just a theological agenda for mission; for theology, rightly understood, has no reason to exist other than critically to accompany the missio Dei.’
Tim Chester and Steve Times, Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community, IVP, Nottingham, 2007, Pg 152

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