Why Theology Matters

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

2 Responses

  1. Andrew Mugford says:

    When I still had my church I had a guy who didn’t like theology and saw it as a tool of the Devil to separate us. As you mentioned, we all do theology on one level or another. How are you saved? What is baptism? If you have an answer to that question, you’ve done theology because it says something about how God is interacting with us.

    I divide theology into two basic camps. Practical and Theoretical. Anabaptists tend to focus mostly on the practical, what can have impact on my life as a disciple. Theoretical can be fun, but can be a distraction. For instance, I took a course on the Theology of Creation – some way out there concepts that might eventually land as practical, but for the most part were fodder for nerds.

    • I go back a lot to Greg Boyd’s Concentric Circles of Theology. I think what he deems “Opinions” could be mapped to your “Theoretical.” They’re interesting to discuss – although I do so less than I used to – but they have very little if any practical implications and neither Scripture nor church tradition is particularly clear on them, which indicates to me that they are not that important. Using the creation example again, a few weeks ago somebody asked Bruxy in a Q&A about evolution and the creation story; his response was “don’t know; don’t care; wouldn’t change my life one way or another.” That frustrated a few of the theologically-minded in our HomeChurch, including the Associate Pastor, but ultimately I have to agree with him that it is important to keep peripheral things peripheral.