Best Wishes to Prof. Ivana Noble
What is Theology? In his contribution to the “Festschrift” published on the occasion of prof. Ivana Noble’s anniversary, František Štěch asks a basic fundamental theological question. What is theology? What is it’s nature and identity? Such question is always worth asking since theology is not a static set of self-proved prepositions but a dynamic process and life practice instead. That is why all answers are rather provisional, but yet, they always urge us to re-actualize what we mean by theology, and what we do when we do theology.
What is Theology? Today, it is often assumed that everybody knows what theology is. But we are taught by experience that these assumptions often vary in a considerable way. Disagreements in theological debates frequently result from deficient reflections concerning the meanings of theology. In order to avoid such problems, we need to ask the substantial theological questions again: What is theology? And how it is connected to real life? What do we do when we do theology? Seeking to respond, this text meditates about the possibilities and limits of defining theology. It asks if and in what sense it can be called “science”, and finally sketches theology as a holistic activity characteristic to all Christians instead of experts only. Each theology is auto/theobiography. Theology is the story of life which is not God-less, but where, instead, God has an indispensable place.
Štěch, F. (2016). “Co je teologie?” [What is Theology?], in: Širka, Z. (ed.) Domov jako most: Festschrift k padesátinám prof. Ivany Noble [Home as a Bridge: Festschrift celebrating the 50th anniversary of the prof. Ivana Noble], Jihlava: Mlýn, 9-21.