This is the second blog about my forthcoming book, God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions.
The book starts not with an ‘Introduction’ but with a ‘Welcome’. And this is how it kicks off.
This little book is a personal invitation to explore theology. I sat down to write it in the hope that it would helpful to people who are considering what to read at University. But as the writing continued, I came to feel it could be intriguing to people at any stage of life. Theology is such a huge and hugely interesting subject.
Actually theology is much more than a ‘subject’. It’s more like form of seeking, a quest; and that is why for me theology is not so much about answers, as about questions; not so much about knowing, as about wondering; not so much about gaining knowledge, as enriching your perspective on experiences that make you wonder.
In universities today the subject of theology is being challenged and reshaped, but the quest of theology is much older than any of our educational institutions. It is a seeking after wisdom that is based on the intuition that there is more to life than we can ever know. I suspect that such seeking is as old as language itself – or at least as old as the capacity to ask questions about the meaning and purpose of life, and to wonder about what might be just beyond the realms of our ordinary experience and common sense.
One way to ‘define’ theology might be as the quest to understand God. However, in the tradition to which the book seeks to introduce you, such a quest is deeply intertwined with the quest to understand other people and the quest to understand yourself; three projects that are integrated in in the ancient religious teaching that you should love God, love your neighbour and love yourself.
More tomorrow. Meanwhile, do have a look at the book on the JKP website God-Curious JKP
And, if you are interested at studying theology with me at King’s College, Cambridge take a look here: Theology at King’s