Theology

 

The word ‘theology’ literally means the study of God. The discipline of Christian theology is the study of what the Bible teaches and what Christians believe. For Christians, the Bible is inspired by God and essential for living a full Christian life.

Theology within the Anglican Communion is enriched by its history, its tradition and its diversity as a global body.

Fundamentals of Anglicanism

  • Doctrine: Anglican churches teach a distinct doctrine, or set of beliefs. These are based on the Bible, ancient creeds, doctrinal statements and important texts. They also draw from continuing discussion.

  • Liturgy: another key part of Anglicanism. This is the ordering of worship and prayer through words and action – both in public and private.

Theological education within the Anglican Communion

Theological education continues apace. New generations are wrestling with the Bible and other important theological texts as they pursue a closer relationship with God and seek to engage with the world around them.

Theological Education for the Anglican Communion (TEAC) was set up to help Anglicans and Episcopalians become more theologically aware and sensitive to God’s call on their lives. TEAC aims to serve the strategic aims of the Anglican Communion in promoting Intentional Discipleship, reconciliation and justice; and Anglican identity.

Anglican churches around the world have a range of theological colleges and courses to train men and women for ministry. There are more than 50 colleges in the Anglican Communion. For a full list click here.

Categories of theology

Under the umbrella of theology there are a number of distinct disciplines. These include:

  • Doctrine of God: the study of God the Father

  • Christology: the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ

  • Pneumatology: the study of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit

  • Ecclesiology: the study of the nature and mission of the Church

  • Eschatology: the study of the ‘end times’ or last days