What is the area of contemporary life that most cries out for theological analysis? Technology? Anthropology in the context of networked life? Economic injustice? Ecclesiology? Spirituality?

Even as I write this, I feel a certain unease. Is “theological analysis” really what is needed? If we take the phrase in the sense of examining a problem through the lens of a theological system or structure, I would have to answer no.

But if we mean by theological analysis a view of contemporary problems from the perspective of the journey of drawing near to God and our neighbor in love, then maybe the answer is yes.

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