Why GOOD Theology Matters

There are days that I wonder if academic work in theology, all the big words and time and such, really matters. Could we just love God and love others and follow Jesus and leave it at that? Some days I think so.

And then I hear interviews like the one I just hear on the Michael Smerconish show and I realize why GOOD theology, GOOD biblical studies, and GOOD historical work really is critically important. Smerconish just interviewed Vincent Bugliosi, author of Divinity of Doubt: The God Question, in which Bugliosi levels an argument against both atheism and theism, and concluded that being agnostic is the most reasonable solution possible.

My beef after the interview was not with Bugliosi, I actually think the book sounds interesting. However, he gave some of his argument against the Christian faith and I was STUNNED at the version of Christianity he presented. His argument seemed thin because the version of Christianity he was knocking down was weak at best, but the version he was knocking down is a very popular version of the faith.

When we refuse to do the hard work of theology and biblical and historical studies, we rob the church of a deeper understanding of who God is and leave people open to reading works like Bugliosi’s book and concluding that we believe little more than a fairy tale.

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3 Replies to “Why GOOD Theology Matters”

  1. You are right. Good theology does matter.

    I also find it interesting that Bugliosi was the attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers. I was curious if he talked about that at all in the interview. From what he said do you think his experience in this case may have influenced his conclusions or colored some of his attitudes toward Christianity — that Christians are blind in their devotion to a “fairy tale” much like the “family” were blinded to the horror of the murders they committed by their devotion to Manson? I would be interested to know if you thought that dynamic existed.

    1. If it did, it would seem to be subconsciously rather than an overt aversion to the whole thing. It does seem like something that could have played into his understanding or at least sparked the thought process.

      Good thought!

  2. I too was a little surprised at Bugliosi’s version of Christianity. The biggest issue I have is that he said it’s irrational to have a belief system that t has no regard for how ‘good’ or ‘moral’ you are. You only have to be ‘born again’ and your behavior plays no part. But he is a famous trial lawyer. Our legal system has no regard for a person’s ‘good’ or ‘moral’ deeds when rendering a judgment. If you prevented 10 robberies, then committed one yourself, shouldn’t the court consider your 10 good deeds before finding making a decision? Um… I don’t think so.

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