Understanding the Theology of Ufology
Defining and understanding the five most common methods of Theology in an attempt to better understand Ufology.
Bridging the gap
As stated in my introductory article, this Wizzley site will be dedicated to attempting to bridge the gap between Ufology and theology.
Ufology is of course the study of unidentified flying objects with everything associated such as aliens, crop circles, abductions, etc.
Theology is the study of God. At first thought, this would seem to be a very simple thing.
Most people assume Theology is Bible study but it is so much more.
There are five basic Theological methods which will be covered in this article and utilized in future articles to identify the association with the current phenomenon of Ufology.
The five basic forms or methods of theology are: Form criticism (also known as form critical analysis), Didactic criticism, Dispensational Theology, Historical Theology (closely similar to Dispensational theology) and of more recent decades, Cosmic theology.
Each of these forms of Theological study have their own unique approaches in an attempt to understanding God, His work in the universe, His communication with man, salvation and the culmination of time and eternal life.
An explanation of the Five Theological Methods:
- Form Criticism (also known as form critical analysis) – Simply put, this is an attempt to study God and His work from a literary perspective by “objectively and critically analyzing” the form in which the scripture was written. Basically analyzing scripture as literature.
- Didactic Criticism – Dissects, teaches and reduces biblical content to its simplest and most logical (and not necessarily obvious) interpretation. With this method, what you see is not always what you get. This is often used in non-scriptural poetry as well.
- Dispensational Theology – A mid 19th to early 20th century theological method regaining strength during the cold war era; made popular by Pastor/theologians Lewis Sperry Schaeffer and C. I. Schofield. It usually accepts a six thousand year age of the current creation or re-creation of earth while allowing for gaps in scripture of unexplainable historical events. It also breaks the Bible down to either three or seven parts with each portion labeled as a particular age; e.g. age of creation, age of grace, age of sin or darkness, etc. (Closely akin to this is “Covenant Theology” which is not relevant in our study here. Covenantal Theologians organize all history and theology around several covenants, or arrangements between God and humans.)
- Historical Theology – Simply looks back through history and attempts to identify God working in and through man to accomplish His goals. Problems exist here because the history used is often limited to the Judeo-Christian West. There is nothing really special here and no labels are given other than those normally associated with history.
- Cosmic Theology – This is also known by many other names such as Contemporary and Scientific Theology but it is all basically the same and usually identified with a better understanding of prophecy; although of recent, it has become increasingly identified with associating Ufology with Theology. Although used by the Unitarian Church for over half a century, evangelical Theologians such as Hal Lindsey have unintentionally utilized this Theological method to bring “new light” to traditional prophetic interpretation. Cosmic Theology basically takes man’s contemporary knowledge and mind set and looks backward in time attempting to describe in a new light what the Biblical writer might have witnessed or been trying to say or describe with his limited knowledge.
Although nearly all of these theological forms appear to be vital to current theological study, the three most often used with regard to Ufology are Form Criticism, Dispensational and Cosmic Theology.
Cosmic Theology, is the predominate Theological method most closely associated with the study of Ufology because of its attempt to utilize current knowledge and look backward in time attempting to describe in a new light what either ancient man or the Biblical writer might have witnessed or been trying to describe or say.
It is this “Theological method” which tends to bridge the gap between Theology and Ufology.
A perfect example is Moses and his burning bush experience as described by the Biblical Old Testament:
Exodus 3:2-3 says, “2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
Utilizing our contemporary knowledge, is it possible that what Moses saw and experienced was alien in nature and/or a communication probe?
From a purely semantic argument, the answer is an unequivocal YES.
What Moses had seen was NOT of this world, whether spiritual or alien.
Although there are many varied interpretations of this translation (and this writer has six years of seminary and college study of the Hebrew language), MOST linguist agree that one of the over all interpretations here is either "It doesn't matter who I am" or "It is none of your business who I am".
When I first began my study of the Hebrew language I found this absolutely amazing and still do today.
Why would a GOD who wants us to know Him personally and follow Him, NOT want us to know WHO He was and WHY would His identity not be any of our business?
This is not meant to dismiss God, his power, or God’s intent (or plan for man) and purpose to speak to man.
But for us to allow ourselves to limit the way God works is also to limit the ability and power of God.
©Copyright 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III
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