Given the astonishing diversity within the Uniting Church in Australia, the question just keeps coming up. The Uniting Church actually set out to be quite unremarkable theologically – just Christian, as authentically and inclusively as possible. But this quest for “unremarkability” keeps taking us into remarkable terrain. Anyway, for those who are interested I wrote an essay on the question nearly twenty years ago for Uniting Church Studies. I’ve been asked to make it available again. Is there a Uniting Church theology_UCS-Vol1-No1_March_1996
Reformed theology is from the 16th Century and we are now in the 2st Century when our whole way of understanding the world has radically changed. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin recognised this when he wrote in Phenomena of Man “Is evolutionary theory, a system, or a hypothesis?” He answers his own question with: “It is much more: It is a general condition to which all theories, all systems must bow and which they must satisfy if they are to be thinkable and true, Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow.”
How then are we to do “Theology” in the 21st Century if what de Chardin says in correct?