We who doubt that "theology" is a subject at all, or who compare it with the study of leprechauns, are eagerly hoping to be proved wrong... ...But as for theology itself, defined as "the organised body of knowledge dealing with the nature, attributes, and governance of God", a positive case now needs to be made that it has any real content at all, and that it has any place in today's universities.Oh now common! Common! Ive been saying this for years!!! Biblotarians brag about the opinion of someone with a theology degree, or brag about going to 'divinity school' and Ive always been like "Hmm. You cant even establish there is a theos in the first place... Dont you think its a bit pretentious to make an -ology out of it?" "Oooh! And Ive got a degree in Unicornology! Theology, pffffff!" "Divinity-- a degree in nothing! How impressive!!"
Eh I can make people mad, though, by taking it a step further! I think philosophy is *almost* just as absurd. Thinking about things people have thought about since people could think, for a profession. Thinking about the same questions people have always thought about, but attempting to think about them differently than everyone else, or when all else fails, at least wording the same thoughts differently. For a profession.
I mean, look, I love talking philosophy! Its fun drunk talk! But to me being a professional philosopher is like being a professional eater. Huh? Maybe there is more to philosophy than I am aware of-- Ill certainly agree there is more to philosophy than there is to theology-- so Im open to being convinced! Anyone want to make a case for philosophy?
(hat tip to PZ)