ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

Everyone is a Theologian. Are You a Good or Bad One?

Updated on February 20, 2013

I'm a theologian?

For many Christians, the idea of theology is that it’s all head knowledge and no heart. They think it’s something that only their pastor or religion professor does. But the truth is that if you believe anything about God then you’re already doing theology. The word “theology” means the study of God. So if you do any type of studying or have any knowledge of God you are a theologian. If you have any beliefs about who God, even if it's that there is no God, you are a theologian. The only question now should be "are you a good theologian or a bad theologian?"

Theology is for everyone. Indeed, everyone needs to be a theologian. In reality, everyone is a theologian – of one sort or another. And therein lies the problem.

There is nothing wrong with being an amateur or professional theologian, but there is everything wrong about being an ignorant or sloppy theologian. Therefore everyone should read theology.

Charles Ryrie in his book Basic Theology

Why study theology?

What you believe about God determines how you act and how you live your life. Having good theology is important because bad theology can be very dangerous as you can see with people killing others in the name of God.

When you study theology you we become more discerning and won't fall for dangerous erroneous doctrines. There are many false teachers out there that are taking advantage of ignorant Christians that think it's the pastors job to interpret scripture. You will protect yourself from false teaching by knowing theology.

Jesus said that if we loved Him we will keep his commands. To keep his commands we have to study the Word so we can know what they are.

I don't believe that every Christian needs to go to seminary. But every Christian needs to learn to rightly handle the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15) You can find many good online resources to study theology online.

Source

Where to Study Online

There are many resources available to study theology online for free. Below are a few good sites to study theology online.

The Theology Program

The Theology Program is a good place to start to learn more about theology. They offer on their website several theology courses with video for free. The courses are Intro to Theology, Bibliology & Hermeneutics, Trinitarianism, Humanity & Sin, Soteriology and Ecclesiology & Eschatology.

The Theology Program also has all of the courses that are available online, with slides and workbooks, in an iPhone and Android app for only $7. With all of these lectures and notes I'd be willing to pay way more than that. It's worth every penny.

Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology Podcast

Wayne Grudem's book called Systematic Theology is a valuable resource for the theologian. You can listen to all of his Systematic Theology lectures for free on with his podcast on iTunes.

Ligonier Connect

Ligonier Connect is not free but is a good resource for learning theology. They have many theology courses available to take online like Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Doctrine of Election and many more. When you enroll in a course you will have access to videos and materials that you can access at any time. You can share notes and join in discussions with others taking the course.

Theology is the beginning not the end

“Theology is like a map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting than the sort of thing my friend got in the desert. Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God--experiences compared with which many thrills of pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused. And secondly, if you want to get any further you must use the map.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Learning theology is important but only if it actually has an effect on your life.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • bockshiner profile image
      Author

      bockshiner 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for your comment Dave Matthews

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I am, a Born again Christian. I am, a Christian Evangelist, sharing God's Holy teachings through God's Holy Word.

      Since I have NO formal training in a Seminary or in College or University, to teach me how to share God's Word, I rely solely upon God's Holy Spirit for guidance, therefore I cannot refer to myself as a "Theologian". I leave the assignation of that distinction upto my peers who learn from the knowledge from God I share.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)