Embedded and Deliberative Theology

this is an OLD post here, but contains two very important concepts for Christians to understand about Christian Theology.

Seeking the Kingdom

Recently I read a book called How to Think Theologically by Howard Stone and James Duke. In it they argue that one fundamental aspect of being Christian (and I would argue being human) is that we ought to intentionally think – and to think theologically.

First, we need to understand what theology is, which they define as a “seeking after understanding – a process of thinking about life in the light of the faith that Christians engage in because of their calling.”[1] Because theological reflection is a process, it centers on two common practices: listening and questioning. This back and forth movement encourages humility.

I love the idea that Christian theology is at its root a matter of faith seeking understanding. It is a deceivingly simple idea that is also complex. There are two types of theology that we all have: embedded and deliberative. Embedded theology is what…

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