On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi <use...@rudnyi.ru> wrote:

> In Germany theology still belongs to universities. What I like is that
> you will find as a department of theoretical theology as well as a
> department of practical theology.
>

I disagree, I don't like it. You are assuming that there exists a organized
field of knowledge called "theology", but I can not find the slightest
evidence that is in fact true. Lawrence Krauss said that it is his habit to
ask every theologian he meets "what advances in theology have been made in
the last 400 years?", but he has never received a straight answer from a
single one of them, the best he has gotten was "what do you mean by
advances?". A expert in mathematics or physics or biology or literature or
ANY other field would not give a weasel answer like that, they'd just
rattle off a list of advances, but not theology. He also said he was on a
panel at a college and somebody asked another scientist there why there is
something rather than nothing and the scientist said "that's a question to
ask the head of the theology department not me", but Krauss said "why ask
him rather than the college gardener or plumber or cook?". I have no answer
to Krauss's question because like him I think that where theology is
concerned there is no expertise and no field.

  John K Clark

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