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EXER…WHAT?!!

EXER…WHAT?!!

By on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog |

I am studying Theology on a part time basis with Salt & Light ministries and I am in my final year. Is it just me that struggles with theological jargon? Or are there others out there? Having had a comprehensive school and technical college educational background, and not reading a book all the way through until I was in my late twenties, is it any wonder? Or is all this jargon just unnecessary word snobbery? Does theological jargon promote exclusiveness, like an exclusive club (‘if you do not use jargon you are not in the club’?). Or is it useful and important? Equally importantly, if we are studying theology for the sake of it and not using what we have learnt to benefit others what is the point? Being a simple person, I like to use simple language. But would I be limiting myself by not subjecting myself to the vast array of theological words out there? To give you a flavour, some of the words I have encountered are: Exegesis.                   Means – Interpretation of text’s in scripture. Hermeneutics.          Means – Applying the text of scripture to todays world. Christology.               Means – Study of the person of Christ. Soteriology.               Means – The  doctrine of salvation through Jesus. Synoptic.                   Means – Seen together, or similar. Ecclesiology.            Means – The study of the Christian Church. Eschatology.             Means – The understanding of the end times. Pneumatology.         Means – The study of the Holy Spirit. Of course this list is not exhaustible, but hopefully you get the point of what I am saying?  Why use theological jargon when we could simplify words as shown above? A good dictionary has been a lifeline to me through my studies, and I recommend one for those of the same mindset as me. I have lost count of the hours I have spent looking up the meaning of words when doing assignments and reading books. Progress, three years later. Having started studying theology nearly three years ago, I am due to finish in June this year (2014). It has been a long journey but a beneficial one. I can remember our very first session and discovering words such as Exegesis and Hermeneutics,...

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