July 8, 2011
One of my main interests in studying theology is political theology. Political theology, that is, the practical and the theoretical visions of what theology could be, is an attempt to reconcile theology with other academic disciplines and socio-political infrastructures. In doing so, one is better apt to understand theology in the context of history, society, politics, economics, health, business, education, etc. In short, the question of what it means to be a religious human being in the world is addressed more adequately.
The world we inhabit is neither secular nor religious. Entities such as national governments, international institutions, multi-national corporations as well as the Church (or another religious institution) help form people’s conceptions on the world. The world is both secular and religious. It is a difficult concept to grasp as a theology student, though, since it is a dogmatic truth (being a Catholic!) that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. I believe that anything different from this view is false. But, as global citizens, Christians must understand that to live in the world, participation in civic events, the local and global economy, national politics, as well as the Eucharist, is not only necessary, but inevitable. Even non-religious persons must encounter religious language that pervades modern society, albeit many times negatively. READ MORE