Introduction to Theology
Theology is the critical study of the nature of the divine. It is taught as an academic discipline.
Theology, philosophically oriented discipline of religious speculation and apologetics that is traditionally restricted, because of its origins and format, to Christianity but that may also encompass, because of its themes, other religions, including especially Islam and Judaism. The themes of theology include God, humanity, the world, salvation, and eschatology (the study of last times).
The word theology comes from two Greek words: theos, “God”, and logos, “word” or “reason. Thus literally it means words about God, or reasoning about God. It also has been defined as “disciplined thinking about God.”
Scope of Theology
Now as you know, thinking involves categories and concepts symbolized by words. Therefore theology consists of studying and refining concepts about God, and about humanity in relation to God. If a statement does not relate to God in some way it is not truly a theological statement.
However, the term is used in both a narrow and broad way. In its narrow usage, to do theology is to reason very specifically about God himself, his nature and person. But the term also is used broadly to mean reasoning about anything in relation to God.
As we study and refine concepts about God, we soon learn that theological propositions by definition cannot be proven in a scientific way. For example, one can demonstrate that two apples plus two apples equals four apples. But we cannot empirically demonstrate that God exists, or that he created the world and the apples.
Skills needed to be successful in Theology
Studying theology and religious studies gives you a thorough understanding of the major world religions, their historical development and their relationship with the world we live in . Through exploring all aspects of theology, ministry and religious studies, you gain insight into the theological, ethical, cultural, political and philosophical issues of religion.
You have to develop skills that are valued by employers in a range of sectors. These include:
- research, analysis and presentation skills
- critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret information, formulate questions and solve problems
- organisational and time management skills
- teamworking and communication skills
- writing skills, including accurate referencing and the ability to construct a reasoned argument
- IT skills
- empathy and the ability to understand people and take on board others' views
- the ability to work methodically and accurately
- independence of mind and the ability to think for yourself.
Career Opportunities and Job Options in Theology
- Higher education lecturer
- Primary school teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Advice worker
- Charity fundraiser
- Civil Service administrator
- Community development worker
- Editorial assistant
- Newspaper journalist
- Police officer
- Youth worker
Admission Requirements for the study of Theology in Nigeria
The O'level subject combination and requirements needed to study Theology;
You require; Five SSCE credit passes to include English Language and CRK/IRS.
In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course. Therefore, the three (3) other JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Theology under the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in the above Universities include;
CRK/IRS and any two other subjects.