The Theology of Failure. Western civilization has grown weary and critical towards failure. More often the person who fails in a task, a job, a vocation, or career is looked down upon as ‘less than’. We want to look here specifically as being ‘less than’. Not only does society look down on one who has failed; the very person who himself has experienced failure is self-condemning. In this Ancient Faith Radio 4-part talk by Father John Oliver, we shall examine the “Virtue of Failure” in how God uses it and how we benefit from failure; how we learn and grow from failure.