I’ve had some people come up to me and ask:
“What do you study in theology?
“Do you just study the Bible?”
Believe me, I had all these questions too before I embarked on any sort of theological study.
So allow me to clear the air. It’s not just about studying the Bible. It’s more than that. For sure, the Bible is a key source — for it is God’s Word revealed to us, it is His way of communicating to us mere mortals, to help us continually grow in love with God.
The (i) Holy Bible, in addition to (ii) Sacred Tradition, (iii) our reason, and (iv) our human experience (4 loci/sources of mediation between theologian and God) all function to help us in relating to God.
The job of a theologian is this: To articulate the true meaning of God as revealed to us through different eras, social milieu, contexts.
The revelation of God is not to be seen as a mere historical revelation, but one that is continuing today and very much alive in the presence of the Church.
For those of you desiring to embark on any sort of theological study, do not be afraid! If God brings you to it (He has, after all, planted some seed of desire in you!), He will bring you through it.