Theological thinking is the only way to keep one’s self solidly grounded in our God-given humanity. As we enter into an age where more and more information is readily available to all, there is a highly elucidated need for core-grounding. Without this grounding, we risk a grave loss of our very being which is God created and driven. An effective fulfillment of our human destiny can only be driven by that which is consistent with God’s goodness as directly reflected in human nature. If one is an Atheist, the same might be said of strict adherence to atomic destiny or compliance with the natural results of the Big Bang / Evolutionist model of human origins. In other words, all men are bound to a destiny caused by something greater than themselves.

Notwithstanding, the adulterated human mind, for whatever reason, is oft inclined to deviate from its core nature — namely, its designed nature and functions. Our “nature” is that of a carefully designed being bearing reflections of our Maker. Our human “function” is to remain consistent with the ostensible purpose of our creation, which is to exercise our “free will” in a manner that is in direct accord with God’s goodness and the special gifts given only to man juxtaposed to that which was given to the common animal. When we remain consistent and reliable with our intended nature, we become better human beings and guardians of Earth.

Indeed, theological thinking is a ready guidepost to our distinct human nature. Theological thinking is the core ‘philosophy of all philosophies’. Much like music, art and other forms of human creativity, the theological form of thinking is one of the clearly identifiable forms of humanity that simply was not given to the animal kingdom.

Unfortunately, in defining our material nature, one can readily be caught up in comparisons to the animal kingdom, as was well demonstrated in Darwin’s Origin of the Species and the long progeny of human thought left in its wake. We are not mere animals. Humankind reflect a higher form of being founded in creativity and morality.

However, the one consistent theme in human history is a natural tendency toward the Divine which is only to say that theological thinking is what has defined humanity since Man’s beginning. Evolution and the empirically limited sphere of our material being cannot explain for our theological quest. In a strict Cartesian sense, the mere fact that we are able to engage in theological thinking is a priori evidence of the Godly source of such thought. The material nature of our being and Darwinian explanations do not permit human theological thought sua sponte.

Nevertheless, as we become exposed to excessive amounts of information through this Electronic Age, we tend to become weakened and less focused on our inherent nature. We risk losing sight of the fact that our nature is predefined and our “free will” is, perhaps unfortunately, given an opportunity to flourish beyond the bounds of goodness and holiness alone.

Indeed, temptation to sin (conduct contrary to the highest fulfilment of a Godly destiny) is by its very nature a deviation from what already is (e.g., our inherent nature / goodness). Much of what can be found in the electronic media and the press tend to cause deviations that need not be. A solid grounding in theology is the only way to remain true to ourselves and the divinity to be found in each of us.

As for myself, theological thinking and a strong desire to remain true to my design has allowed me to better educate those under my tutelage. When I served as a professor, I was required (in my humble view) to present my students with an opportunity to rediscover and use their natural talents in a manner that will make the world a tolerable place to be and where the Word can be put into practice. Theological thinking requires the student to do no more that to tap into their inherent nature. The role of a professor, much in the fashion of a true Socratic, is to bring the student to the answers that already dwell within them. In other words, we should be assisting the student in uncovering the Inner Light that exists within.

Theological thinking also grants one a clearer insight into the very nature of the physical universe. One cannot help but to conclude that the Earth is the obvious product of a Magnificent Design which can only be the product of a sentient and benevolent Being.

Purely scientific thinking produces, at best, a sterile view of the world that can only lead to a descriptive understanding or exposition of the Universe. Theological grounding more readily leads to a sense of awe and respect for not only the Universe but our role within it. As one views the world with a theological eye, one is much more able to view themselves as a part of an interesting world as opposed a mere observer of process and devolution. As we begin to see ourselves as a part of God’s creation, we can readily begin to empathize with those around us and, thus, the process of fulfilling a higher and more fulfilling destiny can begin.

Unfortunately, as stated above, many of our fellow humans have taken to religious dogma as the only source of higher redemption. This seems to me to be a fundamental rejection of Man’s “Inner Light.”