Indeed, if David Hart is right, theology in the good ol' days was not so much a perspective as it was the perspective that united all other perspectives. Theology didn't throw its two cents into the pot, but was the pot itself. It gathered up all perspectives and disciplines to itself, giving them their true goal, directing them towards the Good, the True and the Beautiful. Hart says it in his own inimitable way:
Christians should undoubtedly celebrate truth wherever they find it; but it is not natural to theology that it should function as one discipline among others, attempting to make its contribution to some larger conversation; as soon as it consents to become a perspective among the human sciences, rather than the contemplation of the final cause and consummation of all paths of knowledge, it has ceased to be theology and has become precisely what its detractors have long suspected it of being: willful opinion, emotion, and cant.
I am often sheepish in my description of theology when anyone asks me what it is exactly that I am studying after I have told them that I study theology. I make it sound like just another university degree, to the point where I might as well be saying that I study Commerce or Engineering. In fact, I am studying an age-old discipline that thinks of itself as the servant of a people who know the Creator of this world, and who have been chosen to live out his purposes in every spehre of life. Perhaps that is a claim I think too daring for me to make. A sign, no doubt, that I am in need of further theological education!