I attended a friend's wedding recently and met many old friends. All of them are doing well in their career. One is currently a regional manager and planning to start his own business soon. Another one is a manager in a bank. Still another one is expanding the business inherited from his father into other continent. When each of them asked me what am I doing now, I told them that I'm studying. Then very naturally, they will ask successive question which each followed from the other:
1) What are you studying?
2) What is 'theology'?
3) What are you going to do after that?
My usual replies are:
2) I have a few versions on this one:
- Basically it is a combination of philosophy and history. (Then people will ask, "What is 'philosophy'?)
- The term 'Theology' is a combination of 'theos' (god) and 'logos' (study/science). So it is a study of 'god'.
- 'Shen Xue' ('theology' in Mandarin language).
3) I don't know. Usually people who study this will end up as pastors or preachers in churches. (But I don't think churches would want to hire someone like myself who has some slanted perception over certain important beliefs held by most, if not all, churches.)
The third question is the hardest as I really have no idea what to do after that. When someone representing a church who approaches me to explore an employment, I will ask about their comfort level with my stands. And this is a REAL turn off to most.