Why is Systematic and Wesleyan Theology Important?

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The study of systematic theology may seem far-removed from daily life, but when we understand it as the interpretation and communication of God’s revealed truth as it relates to other disciplines, it becomes more urgent of a task. What might a comprehensive, contemporary theology that is faithful to the Bible look like? How might it relate to questions of bioethics, philosophy, anthropology, food production, immigration, global economics, or modern farming? The Christian faith believes that who God is makes a difference for every aspect of our lives, and it is the task of systematic theology to deliberately explore these connections and meanings.

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Dr. Laurence W. Wood is the Frank Paul Morris Professor of Systematic Theology. His areas of expertise include systematic theology, contemporary theology, Wesleyan theology and Wesley Studies. He has authored five books. His book The Meaning of Pentecost in Early Methodism, Rediscovering John Fletcher as John Wesley’s Vindicator and Designated Successor (Scarecrow Press, 2003) was the winner of the Smith Wynkoop 2003 Book of the Year award presented by the Wesleyan Theological Society. Dr. Wood is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church.