We are going to create a page that will contain links to various places on the web in order to aide the Bible student in his attempt to understand theology. First let's define the word 'theology.'
This definition comes from (thinkexist.com) right here:
Theology- (n.) The science of God or of religion; the science which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of God, his laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly understood) "the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures, the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of Christian faith and life."
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word 'theology' as thus:
Theology-The study of religious faith, practise, and experience; especially: the study of God and of God's relation to the world.
Augustine defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as “reasonings or discussions concerning the deity” City of God Book VIII. Richard Hooker defined 'theology' in English as “the science of things divine” in his “Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.” 3.8.11
If you want to know the origin of the word 'theology', then click here.
I will be using a Systematic outline of page links for you to enter in order to study the various topics listed under the word Theology.
I first want to say that I agree with Dr. Mike Stallards view of Systematic Theology:
"I hold to a view of Systematic Theology that is pre-Enlightenment. Prior to the Enlightenment (18th century), theology was often viewed as the "Queen of the Sciences." What was meant by this expression was the fact that theology was the academic discipline where all academic disciplines were integrated. The result of the integration was a comprehensive worldview with "theology" as the filter for all truth."
This definition of Systematic Theology (Theopedia.com) can be found here:
"Systematic theology is a discipline which addresses theological topics one by one (e.g. God, Sin, Humanity) and attempts to summarize all the biblical teaching on each particular subject. Sometimes called constructive theology or even dogmatic theology, the goal is to present the major themes (i.e. Doctrines) of the Christian faith in an organized and ordered overview that remains faithful to the biblical witness."
Prolegomena -- Discussion of methodology
Bibliology -- Study of the doctrine of revelation and the Bible
Hermeneutics --The science and art of Biblical interpretation
Theology Proper -- Study of the doctrine of God
Christology -- Study of the doctrine of Christ
Pneumatology -- Study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Angelology -- Study of the doctrine of angels, Satan, and demons (sometimes discussed under the category of theology proper)
Anthropology -- Study of the doctrine of mankind
Harmartiology -- Study of the doctrine of sin (oftentimes discussed under the category of anthropology)
Soteriology -- Study of the doctrine of salvation (including progressive sanctification)
Ecclesiology -- Study of the doctrine of the Church
Eschatology -- Study of the doctrine of last things
Israelology -- Study of the nation of Israel in Scripture (oftentimes discussed most under eschatology)
Creeds-Confessions --A collection of the main Creeds and Confessions from Church History.
Reformed Theology-- A study of that part of theology that came off of the Reformation; particularly John Calvin's doctrines.