I have always thought that it was the study both of God and of God's relationship with man. (One might say that theology includes the secular study of God throughout history, but I think that would be religious studies, a totally different area.)
Is theology a social science? I don't think so, because its primary subject is God. (I thought social sciences study humanity using the scientific method. How can you study God using the scientific method?)
Is there a clear difference between theology and fiction (story-telling)? How can we tell? Can theology be "disproven" or "falsified"? I'm not sure I understand.
In addition, besides the obvious cultural aspects, of what use is theology to the world?
Sorry if I'm frustrating; maybe I'm misunderstanding something here.
I think you need to do a little research on what theology entails,
the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world
and look into the various fields of science, especially the soft sciences or Social Sciences. History is a social science.
You also might think about some of the sciences and studies that may not be 100% objective.
Psychology - the science of mind and behavior
epistemology - the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity
quote:Of course, I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. What do you think?
I think you need to watch your language and put some effort into basic understanding of what you are arguing.
If you want to rework your OP, let me know when it is ready and I'll review it again. Otherwise, I'm not inclined to promote this topic a written. Another admin is welcome to take up your cause if they disagree with my assessment.
I looked at your link and was still slightly confused on the role of theology (though I did learn about some social sciences.) So I broadened my topic to include the definition of theology, and then asked about its uses.
Also, I toned down my message and included some humility.
I think that there are many contradictions in my OP, so perhaps this topic should be closed. Maybe I'll try again in the future when I understand the subject more and can articulate my arguments more clearly.
The largest flaw in my OP is that it is based on the assumption that God does not exist. (As an atheist, this assumption was easy to make.)
If God does not exist, then theology is a waste of time. But if He does exist, then theology certainly is useful, though I still have questions on the methodology of theology. (Perhaps it is similar to the methodology of philosophy.)