The Christmas Story: a round-up of answers to questions

The 200th question on freelance theology

Question 200, from Sally-Ann via Twitter

Why do you have horns on your theology?

This is the 200th question to be answered on freelance theology, and so with that milestone in mind, I’ve chosen to talk about the freelance theology logo.

freelance theology logo

This question was asked on Twitter and referred to the ‘horns’ and ‘devil tail’ on the ‘g’ in ‘theology’. There is also a halo on the ‘f’ in ‘freelance’. This is deliberate, to show that theology falls in-between heaven and hell, in the here and now, and that it matters because it could affect our eternal destination. For the same reason there are heavenly clouds on the left of the logo and flames on the right hand side.

If you are one of the people who posed one of the 200 questions on freelance theology over the last ten years, then thank you. There are more questions waiting to be answered, so keep coming back to read the latest.

You can ask your question using the comment form on any post, or on Twitter.

Best wishes,



See also:  Why artists use a halo to depict saints and angels

10 years of freelance theology

Freelance theology is ten years old on 29th January 2014.

Read the press release!

A lot has happened in 10 years.

Freelance theology is now on Facebook and Twitter. The website gained a mini-blog (on the right hand of your screen).

And people all over the world have asked questions – if you are one of those people, then thank you!

Welcome to freelance theology

Freelance theology is on indefinite hiatus.

Readers are still able to browse the archive of questions and answers, and comment on existing posts.

Helped by freelance theology

“I was preparing a session on self-harm for our youth group and my husband and I had tried desperately to find something in the Bible that we could use to present God’s view on self-harm. We didn’t have much luck. I googled ‘self-harm in the bible’ and freelance theology was the first site that came up. It was absolutely spot on, just what we needed. It gave us the bible reference we were looking for and explained it in such a simple way that we could pass it straight on to our young people without having to reword it. I will definitely be going back to freelance theology when I’m planning our next sessions.”
– Ruth, United Kingdom

Read the article Ruth found so helpful here:Self-harm in the Bible.

FTF (freelance theology feedback) April 09

Occasionally some of the positive comments from readers get posted on here, plus there are one or two other things worth mentioning about how people use the site…

freelance theology on Facebook

You can now hear the latest info about freelance theology on Facebook in the freelance theology group. You can also discuss posts, see what other people think and so on.

Click here to go to the group.

2 year anniversary

It’s two years since freelance theology was launched. Along the way, questions have been asked by people from across the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe, Brazil to Singapore. Sometime within the next few months, I’m hoping to launch a new-look freelance theology, with more interactive options. In the meantime, there’s a backlog of questions to work through. If I haven’t answered yours yet, then please continue to be patient!

Occasionally, I’ve posted some of the positive comments sent to me by readers. I’d like to thank everyone who has written me a question and those who’ve just written! As it’s a special anniversary, I’ve included some of the comments below. Remember, if you have anything you want to ask, or say about freelance theology, then you can email me any time.

With best wishes

Jon the freelance theologian

Dear Jon, I came across you in Third Way (November 2005), looked up your site, and was really impressed by your answers. I have no idea how you manage to get through the amount and breadth of stuff on your site. Thanks.

THANKS for your wonderful blog… I’ve spent the last hours reading and reading… great stuff. Thanks for your contribution to the rest of us 🙂

I really enjoy reading your site; however, I must admit that although I was raised a Christian (Lutheran, Missouri Synod specifically) I am now basically agnostic. I have an idea for your site – a feature called, “Answer the Agnostic”. I think it would stimulate some lively debate, and I think your site has the intellectual rigor to make this interesting.
[Jon replies: It’s a possibility. Do any other readers have suggestions?]

Hi Jon. Glad for the information you gave. I passed my exams and will keep in touch soon as I am going to hopefully advance.

Hi Jon,
Very impressed with your reply on Zionism.
The most recent posting – Jesus destroying the power of sin and death – another interesting subject and reply.

Visitors commenting on freelance theology

Question from SS, could be UK or USA

I’ve been interested to read your site for a few days, and would have liked to follow up on a few things. I wondered if you had considered adding comments to your site, or whether you had decided against it for various reasons (e.g. – increased time demands).

As some of the topics (e.g. Islam, homosexuality etc) can provoke an impassioned response among people, it is more appropriate to encourage further questions or comments by email. These are occasionally published on freelance theology as ‘dialogues’. This is the best way to maintain the impartiality of the site, as commentators could post offensive, obscure or irrelevant comments that would undermine the ethos behind freelance theology.

If you would like to comment about anything you read on freelance theology, then please feel free to email. All emails are acknowledged and almost all questions are answered, although some answers may take some time!

Nice things people say

It’s always encouraging when people write and say nice things about freelance theology and occasionally some of them are recorded for posterity.

From CP: Thanks for your update. I like the site a lot, and forwarded it to a couple of friends.

From CF: Thank you Jon. You are a first class theologian.

From MM: today was my first visit [to freelance theology], and having intended only to scan read one question and response, I have spent at least an hour reading all the questions and answers posted. Having been brought up the Anglican church, I have been reading the Apostolic Creed for many years; until today, I had never understood (or questioned!) why Jesus is ‘eternally begotten of the Father’. Thank you for teaching me something new and providing me with an essential detail about the Trinitarian and Eternal nature of God.

If you would like to comment on anything you have read on freelance theology, then please write in! Compliments are always welcome!