Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology is an academic study on the importance of "ordinary theology," a term Astley uses to describe the Christian theology of those who haven't received any formal theological education.
Astley argues that many theologians who have no relevant theological education have a very meaningful and interesting understanding of religion as well as great experience and empirical knowledge that shouldn't be neglected or ignored. The book explores the concept of ordinary theology in great detail and highlights its importance in academic theology and philosophy.
The first two chapters explore the language of ordinary theologians and the ways they express themselves and their religious knowledge. The third chapter explains the characteristics of ordinary theology. The fourth chapter deals with the meaning of ordinary theology and the ways in which it can be studied, respected, and appreciated.