Why Study Theology?

Why Study Theology?

As Oxford’s Dr. William Wood, a University Lecturer in Philosophical Theology and my former tutor, puts it: “theology is the closest thing we have at the moment to the kind of general study of all aspects of human culture that was once very common, but is now quite rare.” A good theologian, he says, “has to be a historian, a philosopher, a linguist, a skillful interpreter of texts both ancient and modern, and probably many other things besides.” In many ways, a course in theology is an ideal synthesis of all other liberal arts: no longer, perhaps, “Queen of the Sciences,” but at least, as Wood terms it, “Queen of the Humanities.”

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  1. I can’t help linking this upbeat view of philosophy-theology-humanities with the very cynical view of poet-party-goers at that place on the Hudson. You quote the culminating the chorus of ‘nay’ — “down with Western Civilization.” And we wonder why the humanities get no respect in academe!

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