Theology Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old theology quotes, theology sayings, and theology proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A theology without spirituality would be a sterile academic exercise.     

John Macquarrie

Theology must work itself out in the most practical relationships.     

Oswald Chambers

The ultimate goal of theology isn't knowledge, but worship.     

Sam Storms

Theology without proclamation is empty, proclamation without theology is blind.     

Gerhard Ebeling

Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about nature.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences: Salvation is all of the grace of God. Damnation is all of the will of man.     

Charles Spurgeon

The goal of theology is the worship of God. The posture of theology is on one's knees. The mode of theology is repentance.     

Sinclair B. Ferguson

Deep theology is the best fuel of devotion; it readily catches fire, and once kindled it burns long.     

Frederick William Faber

Theology is only thought applied to religion.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Theology is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand it. The intent is not to tell the truth but to satisfy the questioner.     

Elbert Hubbard

Classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be 'God-centered,' not 'man-centered'.     

Robert H. Schuller

Theology without love simply is very bad theology.     

Paul David Tripp

Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking.     

H. L. Mencken

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.     

Jeremy Taylor

Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God.     

Thomas Aquinas

Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.     

Sam Harris

Theology is not only about understanding the world; it is about mending the world.     

Miroslav Volf

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Theology, like fiction, is largely autobiographical.     

Frederick Buechner

Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it.     

C.S. Lewis

Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theology.     

James H. Cone

A theology should be like poetry, which takes us to the end of what words and thoughts can do.     

Karen Armstrong

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.     

Robert A. Heinlein

An important function of theology is to keep religion tied to reason and reason to religion. Both roles are of essential importance for humanity.     

Pope Benedict XVI

The shortest route to deeper and richer worship is a clearer theology.     

P.D. Manson

One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.     

Henri Nouwen

Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology.     

J. I. Packer

Theology offers you a working arrangement, which leaves the scientist free to continue his experiments and the Christian to continue his prayers.     

C. S. Lewis