In this section we introduce you to a theology of ethics, or an ethical theology. Theology differs from Bible exposition in that it concerns great verities that are not directly mentioned in the Bible (at any rate not by name), yet can be concluded to from it all the same. Bible exposition interprets passages from the Bible and compares them with each other and in this way teaches us. But verities as to the various Persons of the Godhead (Tertullian already before Augustine wrote ((in de carne Christi)) about the one subastance of the divinity ((una substantia)) and the three Persons ((tres personae)) ) and the humanity that is involved in the hypostatic union (that Christ is one Person consisting in both a human and divine nature ((una persona, duae naturae; also so explained by Thomas Aquinas)) ), are less obvious, but equally important. These theological studies went hand in hand with anthropological insights. Also philosophy benefited from these studies.
The idea of Progressive Revelation will be actual to the end of time. In the book of Revelation it says:
Then the mystery of God has been completed (Rev. 10.7). I am not saying that the Bible is not complete. I am saying that there will be events till into the apocalypse that will explain the Bible better. There are verities hidden in the Bible that still have to be shown true, revealed if you like. Theology will have been completed, as far as history is concerned (not as to eternity), when
the mystery of God has been completed.
Just like philosophy is concerned with the fringes of science (but should not abuse them for subjective opinions), so theology deals with verities that are less directly available, but nonetheless important.
Theology (knowledge about the divinity) is indirectly also knowledge about yourself. Ancient philosophers taught to know yourself, supposedly, but theology teaches you to know the Lord. And it is only in that way that our eyes are opened about ourselves.
A theology of ethics, however, makes a moral assessment about other theologies, from monotheism to polytheism. And that is the ambitious task of this section. Ideally there should be only one theology that we all believe in. But human reason and emotion has deviated from that in the course of history. Many are the sects, cults and religions that occupy a wrongful place in the hearts of people and it is in the heart that the battles are fought.