The Aim of Theologians

The aim of theologians is to consider the existence of a deity or deities and then to reflect on the implications of such a notion for humanity. This involves an examination of theistic arguments in order to determine the reality of a supreme supernatural being(s). The strongest theistic arguments have pointed to monotheism─the existence of one God. Thus, the aim of monotheistic theologians is to seek knowledge of God and to attempt to understand what God is up to in the universe and how God relates to humanity. From a Judeo-Christian perspective, God is personal and desires to be in relationship with humanity. God has made this possible through the life and ministry of Jesus, the Christ. With this in view, Christian theologians should aim to know God personally and to draw near to God in order to experience God’s glory, holiness and love.

Christian theologians should live the Shema, which states,

The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates (Deut 6:4-8 NIV).

Christian theologians should allow God’s truth to saturate  every aspect of their lives. Furthermore, Christian theology should not be done in isolation, but rather it should be shared with others. Christian theology should not only be an endeavor that transforms and shapes the lives of individual believers, but also of the church community and of the world. [1]

[1] David K. Clark, To Know and Love God: Method for Theology (Weaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2003), 209.



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