Theological Criticism is the scholarly “study and investigation of theological presentations that seeks to make discerning judgments about these writings. Viewing Theological Presentations are NOT ordinary pieces of literature.
Theological Presentations Theological presentations are presented for the purpose of sharing the presenters view of God. Note the Theological Presentation should ever be taken lightly. Every Theological Presentation should be biblically accurate. If the Theological Presentation does not maintain biblical accuracy then it is a danger to Christianity. It poses the threat of deceiving believers and non-believers. We as responsible Christians must set apart each Theological Presentation from other literature. We must asks: • When and where a particular Theological Presentation originated? • How? • Why? • By whom? • For whom? • In what circumstances it was produced? • What influences were at work in its production? • What sources were used in its composition? • What message it was intended to convey? • What are the meaning of the key words? • In what way are these key words used? • How have the main idea been preserved in history? • How have the sub- ideas been preserved in history?
The results vary slightly depending on whether the focus is on the Old Testament, the letters of New Testament or the Canonical gospels. It also plays an important role in the quest for a Historical Jesus.
It is our responsibility to make sure all theological presentations maintain biblical accuracy. We should help one another refocus on biblical truth.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another” (Proverbs 27:17 NRS).