The study of theology is at the heart of Thomas More University’s mission for it invites students to ponder the deepest human questions – What is the meaning of life? What is my place in the world? What is my responsibility to others? – in light of divine revelation culminating in the person of Jesus Christ.
The sciences cannot answer ultimate questions of themselves. In the words of C. S. Lewis, even if “science ever became complete so that it knew every single thing in the whole universe. [I]s it not plain that the questions, ‘Why is there a universe?’…‘Has it any meaning?’ would remain?” That’s why we need theology: through faith and reason we can discover the knowledge about ourselves and the path to happiness that we all desire.
The study of theology also provides a deeper understanding of the ethical dimensions of life. An individual’s concept of God and the human person translates into an understanding of how to treat others. By gaining a deeper understanding of God and Christian anthropology, one can better recognize and uphold the dignity of the human person in her given sphere of influence – whether it be law, medicine, business, or the home.
Studying theology is worthwhile whatever one’s religious background may be as it provides the opportunity to study ideas that have radically shaped human history. In so doing, one takes a step toward achieving the goal of any liberal arts program – a greater understanding of the whole of knowledge.