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    The Pastor and Theology

    Post by ManOfPeace on August 17th 2012, 12:49 pm

    Should pastors be theologians? The pastor may not bear the technical title of ‘theologian,’ but this essay explores the close connection between pastoral ministry and the ‘theological task.’ The ministerial duties of missionary work, building Christian experience, persuading people about the gospel, and preaching involve the pastor inextricably with doing theology.

    THE PASTOR AND THEOLOGY
    Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

    Introduction

    Although the terms theology and theologian were used in non-Christian Greek literature,
    they apparently were intentionally avoided by the biblical writers. In Greek usage, a theologian
    was a person who spoke of the gods or about divine things,1 using mythological discourse.
    During the first two centuries, the Christian church did not have theologians, and yet much
    theology was formulated by the church. Early in the second century A.D., the term theology was
    being employed to designate the expression of the Christian faith.2 In the Middle Ages a
    theologian described a person professionally dedicated to the study and teaching of theology.3
    That understanding of the term continues to be the prevailing one in the Christian world.
    Christian theology has become an academic discipline and a theologian a well-trained academician. The vastness of the field of theology gave rise to specializations such as biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, pastoral theology, etc

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