Theology is inherently both theoretical and practical. Through its theoretical aspect, theology has primarily tended to be absolutistic; through its practical aspect, it has tended more recently to become relativistic. Theology involves the attempt to provide a theoretical scheme for human soul-making. But this theoretical aspect serves the practical end of providing a foundational scheme for understanding faith and salvation in the diverse lives of real persons. Evolving out of the community of faith which it serves, theology must address the actual relativity of human thought. Yet counterpoised against this relativist pressure, theology retains an absolutist impulse, finding its point of origin and a final arbitor in the enduring scriptural tradition of its community of faith.
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