I’ve met more than a few Christians who take a dim view of studying theology. Either they are worried about it damaging their faith, or they dismiss it as irrelevant to the real world of Christian living. Yet, every Christian, whether they know it or not, believes in some kind of theology. Doctrine isn’t something that remains locked up in the ivory towers of academia for clever clogs to debate while the rest of us get on with being Christians in the real world. As new theological ideas gain credence they start to trickle down to us all, through the songs we sing, the sermons we hear and the books we read. In the end your theology, good or bad, will shape your view of God, which will in turn shape how we act in the world today.
Justin Brierley ‘Premier Christianity’ February 2016