AnonymousDeleted UserDecember 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm
I studied Gender Studies in college, and I remember feeling similarly about feminist theory – some of it was so esoteric that I could not see how it could ever practically help someone dealing with sexism in the real world. However, I also got to read writers like bell hooks, who do a wonderful job of translating theory into plain words that have practical applications. I think that the academic practice of theology remains relevant, but only insomuch as it can be translated for a general audience. We need folks who can do the esoteric work of translating ancient languages and interpreting complex literature, but I think they should also be trained to address the “real world” and its problems. Theologians of color seem to be ahead of the curve when it comes to this, and others should learn from them.