This post is about the so called discipline of study called theology. I would like to begin by first defining the term using both the Catholic Encyclopedia and the Merriam Webster dictionary. Then we will examine both definitions in relation to religious beliefs and to each other.
That part of theology which treats of the theoretical truths of faith concerning God and His works (Catholic encyclopedia)
the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world (Merriam Webster)
Before I take these two definitions apart I would like to give my opinion regarding theology, I personally do not consider it a real academic discipline mainly because it is not based on any known facts. Instead the entire field of theology is based on religious mythology and speculation based on ancient texts and the nature of their preferred God. The problem with this lies in the fact that in order to speculate on the nature of God you must first prove that this being exists. The church has been completely unsuccessful at this and I don't think that they will ever succeed at achieving this impossible goal.
Now lets move on to the purpose of this post. I actually prefer the Catholic definition because contrary to their history of lies they for once tell the truth on this one. They refer to this discipline as a theory of the truths of faith concerning God. We all know that faith is nothing more than hope based on ones own subjective opinions or supposed experiences regarding the matter. Faith in and of itself requires no evidence whatsoever and just accepts religious beliefs as absolute.
It is my opinion that faith and truth are akin to an oxymoron, they are two contradictory terms that should not be used in conjunction with one another, nor even in the same sentence. The Webster definition is more simplistic and therefore easier to dismantle. Basically theology is the study of God, religious faith, practice, and experience. But the weakest link in this definition is God, there is no evidence outside of the bible or other religious text to his existence.
Studying something basing yourself on ancient texts and so called revelations is not studying at all. As I have stated many times, revelation is only a revelation to the one who claims to have had the experience. To the rest of us it is just hearsay. You are essentially not studying God but speculating things said about him based on hearsay. World mythology is rife with gods and goddesses and most of the worlds myths have taken their rightful place as such. I don't see why Christianities god should be the exception to the rule.