I love theology. I enjoy thinking hard about who God is. I find it fun to sit around and talk about things like God’s relationship to time (What does it mean to exist before time began?).
I’ve said that the basic premise of this blog is that we cannot love those we don’t know. Certainly studying theology doesn’t necessarily help us know anyone. A Muslim could spend hours reading a book on infant baptism in order to better know his Christian neighbor only to find out that his neigbhor is a baptist and doesn’t believe in infant baptsim. But it can still be helpful.
My neighbor is Eastern Orthodox. Many Christians in the Middle East are Orthodox. I don’t know a lot about them and some of the things I’ve heard were pretty concerning. So I decided I should learn more and read some books on what Orthodox Christians believe. Currently I’m reading The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware. It has been very helpful in correcting some misconceptions about the Orthodox Church (though differences still remain) and has also increased my interest in my neighbor.
So I do think theology can be helpful in getting to know one another (though it can never substitute simply asking each other questions). To that end I will occasionally post links to places we can learn more about Christian and Islamic theology. I’m not nearly as well versed in Islamic theology, so if any Muslim readers have suggestions I’d be happy to take them.
I’ll begin in my next post.