What’s in a name?

I’ve chosen Practical Theology for Women as the name for this blog, in part because that is the name of my book published by Crossway in July. I think each word in this name is pretty important. Here are some thoughts on why I think theology is of practical value for women:

Theology: by this I mean simply the study of God. We tend to associate the term theology with seminary level courses on Latin religious phrases. But when I use the term, I think of it at its root meaning. Just as biology is the study of life, zoology is the study of animals, and anthropology is the study of man, theology is the study of God–who He is and what He does.

Practical Theology: by this I mean that our study of God is relevant to our daily lives. So this is not an esoteric issue, something understood by and of value for only a select few. Our understanding of the character and purposes of God has real, relevant, daily value for us as individuals.

Practical Theology for Women: why would I specify women? For some time, my burden has been that theology texts and courses are usually taught by men and aimed at a largely male audience. I want to break down the notion that theology is for men and parenting, sewing, or dieting classes are for women. I have a fairly conservative view on women’s issues from Scripture. But this blog is not intended as a place for debate either for or against feminism or gender roles. Rather, the purpose is simply to study who God is and what He reveals about Himself directly through His Word and figure out what that means for women at all stages of life–single, married, with kids, without, in the workplace, or at home.

So welcome to Practical Theology for Women. I hope you find something here that points you to God.

2 Responses to What’s in a name?

  1. Beth April 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    I look forward to reading this, Wendy! Thanks!

  2. Anonymous April 10, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    yay! Looking forward to reading more, and I love the green 🙂 ~sarah