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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:23 PM

Theology Is Not Religious Studies

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sermonsfromthemound/2013/01/theology-is-not-religious-studies/

Theology Is Not Religious Studies
January 3, 2013 By Christine Kraemer

In teaching theology and religion, I’ve learned that most people don’t realize that the two are separate disciplines. Although theology and religion have overlap, treating them as if they were the same can lead to a great deal of confusion. Since the assumptions made in theology and the assumptions made in religious studies are quite different, conflating them makes it difficult to do either well.

So, let’s revisit: What is theology, particularly in a Pagan context? While I love definitions, I am never content with just one. Let’s look at some definitions from scholarly Pagans.

Yvonne Aburrow defines theology as “reasoning about the Divine… involv dialogue between different schools of thought. It can include skepticism and non-theism. It does not lay down dogma or doctrine, but is exploratory.”

Sam Webster says that “Theology is God-talk” and “Theology in practice is the engagement with meaning and values with respect to that which we consider the Divine.”

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:52 PM

1. He gives 2 definitions that are close to contradictory.

I'm not sure if his latter statement is intended to disagree with Aburrow:

Yvonne Aburrow defines theology as “reasoning about the Divine… involv dialogue between different schools of thought. It can include skepticism and non-theism. It does not lay down dogma or doctrine, but is exploratory.”

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Theology, by definition, is written by insiders: practitioners of a religion who are articulating their personal religious or spiritual convictions within a like-minded community. ...






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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:38 AM

2. In our universities

 

Theology ("Dogmatics") belongs to department of Theology, Religious studies belong to department of Humanities. Latter is best describes as subset of cultural anthropology concentrating on studying culturally held world views.

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