Using my previous model of a Modular God, I added the “theology” that links it all together. The top diagram shows the “God” of a person with an elaborate theology . The middle diagram shows the God of a person to whom theology is not important except that it holds key expressions to help them navigate the social aspect of their God club. These people either haven’t really thought things out and/or really don’t care much about theology but it does still loosely bind things together for them.
The bottom diagram is a mix — for some people only hold certain parts of their theology strongly depending on their practical interests in life. So in the bottom diagram I show a person with essentially weak theology except that they may have spent time and thought on the issue of morality and know all the bible passages relating to the submissive duty of women, the abomination of homosexuality or crime of masturbation or abortion. So while they could not discuss the various atonement theologies, they can quote readily what their god wants everyone to do or not do. As Ian, in the comments, suggested, a person with strong theology may not have thought out several areas or care for them at all an thus several of the strong theology God may have thin, lightly colored spirals.
I will be using these models in future posts but wanted to illustrate these “Strong” vs “Weak” theology people. In these models you will see that the various other gods are there really holding up the picture, the theology acts just as a stabilizer for some people.
Finally, for non-believers, one could imagine the phrase “philosophy” or “worldview” linking their various important internal structures.
So, if you are a believer or were a believer, do/did you have a strong or weak theology?