Mission Statement

 

  • Theology is an intellectual and truth-seeking activity. There should be no barriers or preconditions of belief for anybody who wants to seek the truth. The truth that we are seeking is about belief, what should we believe, how and what should we worship. Theology, therefore, is also the subject that is concerned with differences of belief. We seek to promote Theology in the following ways.
    1. To research and seek to understand theological thought from around the world with regard to the tradition and the cultural and historical context which that thought belongs to.
      1. We hope that this will involve, conducting our own research in the future.
    2. To present these theological ideas generally and for free with the utmost clarity, fairness, and respect. Without any attempt to commend, criticise or convert.
      1. We currently produce articles, and we hope to expand to make content in other formats to people for free.
        1. When the ideas are deemed controversial and provoke strong disagreement we seek to present the controversy and the disagreement again with clarity, fairness and respect.
    3. To promote the study of theology as a subject at every level of education. Both by encouraging educational institutions to teach theology and by encouraging potential students to study theology.
      1. In the future this might mean attempting to influence Schools and/or governing bodies and exam boards to improve both the availability and quality of a Theological education.

 

  • Because Theology deals with the diversity of belief on the topics stated above, that feed into every aspect of life, our second aim is to improve interfaith relations wherever we can.
    1. To bring people from different faiths together.
      1. To open up avenues for dialogue between different groups that, either intentionally or not, do not have avenues for dialogue, so as to foster understanding, peace, and respect.
      2. To bring together groups who share certain aims or ideals so as to facilitate cooperation between different groups.
      3. To attempt to find solutions to a particular problem or problems that may be facing people either on a local, regional, or global scale.

 

Notes:

Interfaith dialogue is important because it allows and encourages people to build relationships and communities that bridge different identities. This is perhaps the best defence against all forms of prejudice and fear. This can happen in person or online; building up and strengthening local communities, forging friendships and just generally bringing people together.

What it cannot do, and should have no illusions about achieving, is solving the sometimes indeterminable differences that exist between people. Particularly with regard to what they believe. Interfaith dialogue should not bring people together to talk about how they are different. What is the point? Is the hope that they will agree; do they need to agree in order to get on? This is not a place for interfaith work, it is the place of proper Theological study, and thus relates to our first point, not our second.