A Pursuit in Theology
Not everyone believes there is a God, and therefore not everyone will be convinced that theologians are talking about something that is real in the sense that chemical substances, sculptures and people are real. Indeed, it has been said that theology is the only discipline whose critics can deny that its subject matter really exists. The practice of theology then will be limited to those who believe in God in some way. It is, of course, possible, for a non-believer to study what others have said about God, but this is not doing religion but studying the history of religious thought. Theology in its relation to the Church aims at creating mutual relationship, intercourse, and communion between God and man in Jesus Christ. However, whereas it is the foremost task of the Church to proclaim the word of God and therefore Jesus Christ as God’s word to man, the Church has the further task of making sure, as far as humanly possible, that the word of God it proclaims and hears is truly the word of God, and it is theology which renders this service.