My old systematic theology lecturer defined theology as ‘thinking about God in his presence’. I believe this is important. Certainly, theology should never be a mere intellectual exercise, nor should it be done as an abstract theological exercise divorced from the reality and context of everyday life. When we think about God and grapple with the issue of faith and life, we must always do so both in God’s presence and under his lordship. Otherwise, we can easily be side-tracked by the latest theological bandwagon, or go down some obscure theological rabbit-hole. As Karl Barth suggests, we should theologise with the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other. Thus, our theology should be meaningful for the everyday issues of faith and life, while grounded in God, his character and his lordship.
Thinking About God in His Presence
Updated: Aug 25, 2019