The Reality of Studying Theology: 3 Things to Know
Deciding in which direction you’d like to take your tertiary education is a massive pressure to face, and even more so when you’re unsure of what the outcome of that decision might be. Having a clear grasp of what each of your options might look like is a good place to start.
If you’ve considered studying Theology, you might be wondering what this would look like practically – what would the course entail, what will your career options be, etc. We’ve rounded up a few important pieces of information for you.
As you might have guessed, the Theological education admissions process will be largely dependent on which schools you decide to apply to. However, as a general rule, you’ll need a good passing grade from high school and a basic understanding of the relevant topics.
A deep-rooted interest in religion, ethical theories, religious texts and history are strongly recommended if you’re going to be studying a course in Theology. You’ll also need to have an open mind and be willing to debate serious, hard-hitting topics with your classmates. As mentioned, you’ll want to be familiar with relevant topics and in particular, to be familiar with the Bible before applying.
The actual education itself might be something you’re wondering about. What exactly will you be studying? This depends on the type or branch of Theology you decide to venture into. Some of these types include Biblical Theology, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology.
Each of these types will provide you with a different focus and practical experience. Some of the focuses of Theology courses include religious philosophy, religions of the world, social issues and ethics, religious history, amongst other topics.
Your course, regardless of where you take it and what specific subjects you take, will require in-depth, rigorous and constant reading and research. You can expect to interact with various different texts and translations and participate in many discussions about your readings that will help you build skills for your future career.
Once you’ve completed a degree in Theology, you’ll have the option to continue your studies and complete a Master’s and a PhD in Theology too. The continuation of your studies will of course allow for further work opportunities, but there will be plenty available after a Bachelor’s degree too.
Once you’ve achieved your qualification, you’ll have the opportunity to work in places of worship and religious organisations such as the Church, or for non-profit companies or charities. You’ll also be viable (after further study) to work in education as a Theological lecturer. There are various social and leadership roles available to someone with a passion for the field.
Conclusion Overall, studying Theology, for someone with a true interest and passion for their religion, is an exceptionally rewarding course to take on. It will provide you with insights and experience you cannot gain anywhere else, and prepare you for a future working in Ministry, social work or one of the many other fields available to you.
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