Tuesday, 23 August 2005

The task and theme of theology: six theses

1. The task of theology is to interpret the gospel.

2. Formally, the theme of theology is the distinction between God and humanity.

3. Materially, the theme of theology is the history of the man Jesus (his life, death and resurrection) as the eschatological event of God’s deity.

4. These are not two distinct themes, but only two aspects of a single theme. This single theme is Jesus Christ.

5. Theology performs its task (i.e. it interprets the gospel) when it keeps formally and materially to this one theme.

6. Therefore the task of theology is to distinguish between God and humanity by articulating the identification of God’s deity with the man Jesus. To express this identification and this differentiation is to interpret the gospel.

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