The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions. Programmes vary according to the focus of the specific university. Through research, teaching and learning and community action theology faculties act as knowledge partners for other academi c communities, various church denominations and institutions of broader society. –

What they do 

The majority of theologians work within a church context as pastors, other theologians typically work as chaplains in the police force and army. With a post-graduate degree in theology, you can also focus on education. In this type of role, you could work at a school or for a house of worship that hires teachers. You could also work at a college or university, serving as a lecturer in the theology department. South African universities often focus on programmes for people who wish to become professional theologians or who need theological and/or classic academic training for other professions, such as teachers, counsellors, psychologists and researchers. –


“Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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Language of Learning and Teaching


Theology translates into English from the Greek theologia which derived from Τheos, meaning “God,” and –logia, meaning “utterances, sayings, or oracles”.

Theology is seen by some to be a term only appropriate to the study of religions that worship a deity (a theos), and to presuppose belief in the ability to speak and reason about this deity (in logia) – and so to be less appropriate in religious contexts that are organised differently (religions without a deity, or that deny that such subjects can be studied logically). “Hierology” has been proposed as an alternative, more generic term.