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How to Become a Theologian

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Examine the lives of theologians, their writings and religious history. Finding more than a casual interest in religious teachings based on the study of God in relation to the people of religion remains a core foundation to becoming a theologian.

Give serious thought about an academic career in theology. The degree work often requires more course hours than a secular counterpart and most seminaries and secular institutions build in language requirements for each degree level.

Look up seminaries, Bible colleges and University religious programs on the web through a search, or speak with your professor, pastor, rabbi or imam for guidance in the field. Some faiths offer training within a local worship center.

Decide which institution fits your beliefs. For example, if you are conservative or evangelical you might find it difficult entering a liberal orientated seminary and someone pursuing a secular field ought to consider the academics of a University.

Read and download information and forms from the seminary, college, or higher learning centers that you feel comfortable with and provide the right program. Consider tuition costs, location, degree programs, affiliation and pre-requisites.

Study for any entrance exams well in advance.

  • Seminaries, colleges and other higher learning centers that are accredited mean your credits can transfer to other institutions.
  • Some schools offer specific religious or denominational based programs, others, like the secular universities, provide academics in philosophy of religion, Middle-Eastern studies and the history of religion.

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