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Theology is an academic field. It's studied somewhat like literature, history, and philosophy--but at a graduate rather than an undergraduate level. The theology student, like any other graduate student must develop and defend an original contribution to knowledge. I'm actually advising a doctoral student in theology in preparation for his defense right now--as a methodologist.
Does this doctoral student believe there is a God that exists, and whose nature is known to exist and therefore can be discussed? If so, does this student understand that every single thought and word about any god is entirely based on the imagination of previous human beings? If the student does not believe in any god, does s/he realise it?
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Students receiving a doctorate in theology need not be believers in a religion at all. They are evaluated on the quality and originality of their work.
And yet, there is still zero evidence for any actual god ever. In fact I do know personally one man who came to that realisation just before he achieved his degree in Theology and who has been running a large branch of the British Humanists for many years.

Susan

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Theology 252 Susan Doris 23-Oct-21 11:38
Re: Theology 50 Eddie Larry 23-Oct-21 12:31
Re: Theology 48 Susan Doris 23-Oct-21 16:31
Re: Theology 44 Eddie Larry 23-Oct-21 17:10
Re: Theology 50 Susan Doris 24-Oct-21 05:24
Re: Theology 48 Eddie Larry 24-Oct-21 13:13
Re: Theology 42 Susan Doris 24-Oct-21 15:23
Re: Theology 43 Eddie Larry 24-Oct-21 15:57
Re: Theology 40 Susan Doris 25-Oct-21 05:49
Once again 56 drrayeye 24-Oct-21 20:35
Re: Once again 38 Susan Doris 25-Oct-21 05:34
Re: Once again 48 Wheeler 25-Oct-21 12:27
Re: Once again 75 Susan Doris 25-Oct-21 13:13
Re: Theology 15 greengirl5 20-Nov-21 04:01
Re: Theology 10 Susan Doris 20-Nov-21 06:38
Re: Theology 47 drrayeye 23-Oct-21 17:04
Re: Theology 50 Susan Doris 24-Oct-21 05:28
Re: Theology 46 drrayeye 24-Oct-21 15:06
Re: Theology 43 Susan Doris 24-Oct-21 15:28
Re: Theology 40 drrayeye 24-Oct-21 18:30
Re: Theology 61 Susan Doris 25-Oct-21 06:05
It's what you know 42 drrayeye 26-Oct-21 10:26
Re: It's what you know 45 Susan Doris 26-Oct-21 11:07
Re: Theology 14 greengirl5 19-Nov-21 22:50
Re: Theology and why studying anything? 14 greengirl5 20-Nov-21 04:11
Footnote 45 Susan Doris 30-Oct-21 07:13
Re: Theology 39 Te Henua Nagual 17-Nov-21 11:56
Re: Psychology 35 Agni 17-Nov-21 13:43
Re: Psychology 22 Susan Doris 17-Nov-21 17:30
Re: Psychology 30 Susan Doris 18-Nov-21 06:57
Re: Psychology 17 Agni 18-Nov-21 17:45
Re: Psychology 18 Susan Doris 18-Nov-21 17:57
Re: Psychology 19 drrayeye 18-Nov-21 19:49
Re: More clarifications 19 Agni 18-Nov-21 21:22
Re: More clarifications 21 Susan Doris 18-Nov-21 23:20
Re: Psychology 21 Susan Doris 18-Nov-21 23:15
Re: Psychology 17 greengirl5 19-Nov-21 01:38
Re: Psychology 19 Susan Doris 19-Nov-21 06:01
doubt 20 drrayeye 19-Nov-21 14:02
Re: doubt 20 Susan Doris 19-Nov-21 16:32
I just defined my concept of true athiest 20 drrayeye 19-Nov-21 17:45
Re: I just defined my concept of true athiest 12 Susan Doris 20-Nov-21 06:48
Re: I just defined my concept of true athiest 12 greengirl5 20-Nov-21 07:32
Re: doubt 16 greengirl5 19-Nov-21 22:38
Re: non-metaphysical atheists 17 Agni 19-Nov-21 17:34
Re: non-metaphysical atheists 14 Susan Doris 20-Nov-21 08:38
I think you just described 15 drrayeye 20-Nov-21 09:20
Re: I think you just described 21 Susan Doris 20-Nov-21 12:35
thoughtful atheists (and otherwise) already described in previous link 16 drrayeye 20-Nov-21 17:49
Re: thoughtful atheists (and otherwise) already described in previous link 20 Susan Doris 20-Nov-21 23:06
I'm no authority 19 drrayeye 21-Nov-21 01:59
Re: I'm no authority 22 Susan Doris 21-Nov-21 07:04
assertion 19 drrayeye 21-Nov-21 15:15
Re: assertion 27 Susan Doris 21-Nov-21 16:54


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