I’m doing theology in, with and for the church by bridging the gap between academic theology and informal God-talk to show the relevance of the sacred to the everyday.
‘Why Theology’ is a project of Trey Medley intended to bring deep theological discussion out of the academy and into the day to day lives of Christians. It is meant to be a place where the “why” questions of life can be addressed from a Christian theological and philosophical point of view. It is also meant to answer the question of why we should even bother with theology in the first place. Thus the name ‘Why Theology’ has a double meaning to point to the importance of theology for the Church and to address the daily struggles, questions or concerns we all have with our day to day lives.
The format for this is simple. At the end of each post, I’ll often ask a question. This is your chance to get involved. If you want to answer the question and have a dialogue in the comments right there then we’ll try that out. Anyone is welcome to join the discussion (though neither comments that are offensive for the sake of offense, nor abuse will not be tolerated). The second way to get involved is to suggest future topics or specific questions (also in comments). I will seriously try to address where the readers are coming from and not my own agenda (at least not most of the time). However, if no one suggests a future topic, I’ll come up with something for the next post, hopefully that will have some relevance to where you are right now. The problems can be serious or trivial. This isn’t a book, it’s a blog, it can be as light or serious as you make it.
When I do make a post, I am going to try very hard not to take sides. My goal is not to win people to my point of view necessarily or indoctrinate anyone. While I am a teacher at heart, I think the best instruction comes from open and honest dialogue. Therefore my goal in the post is to lay out what the potential issues are and where we can look to for answers. Where there is more than one valid opinion I will lay it out. When I feel strongly about something, I will try to make it clear when I shift into giving my own opinion. I want this to be a place to foster dialogue, not win points. If there is a clear direction that I think we should go, I’ll name it, but if there are other options I don’t want to shut the door on those without bringing them up. I’m just a human, and as such I can (and believe me I do) make mistakes. By trying to be more objective, at least, I hope that you can make whatever decision is needed on your terms, not on mine.
If you want to get more oriented to the blog, I suggest you read the first two posts they can be found here and here. Beyond that I try to let posts stand on their own and, where needed, link to the other posts that may have something to say or are a follow up. Above all, for the most part I want to try to avoid most of the technical language, unless I first give a good explanation of it. Let me know how I’m doing and if I’ve forgotten at some point (as I’m prone to do) call me out on it. I’ll either update the post or respond to you directly.
The blogger here is Trey Medley. Trey is a PhD student in Philosophical Theology at King’s College London and an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Church (USA). He has a wife and two kids and has a passion for theology and the teaching ministry of the Church. You can follow Trey on twitter at @MedleyTrey.
If you would like to invite Trey to speak at your church or church-related event, or would like to request personalized content (such as for a bible study), or need to contact him for any reason, you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . For planning purposes, Trey is currently based in the Houston, TX metro area.