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Learn about theology with online courses and programs

Theology studies faith-based religions and non-theistic belief systems. Are you curious about existence and the human experience? Explore the ideologies, practices, and traditions associated with faith and spirituality with online courses on edX.

What is theology?

Throughout history, people have sought to understand their existence. Theology involves intellectual inquiry into the divine and its relationship with humanity. Theologians may be part of a religious group, such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, or Hinduism. However, they can also study non-theistic or philosophical questions around the meaning of life.

From historical research to applications of spirituality to contemporary issues; theological inquiry involves many methodologies and approaches. Theologians help to shape religious beliefs, morals and ethics, and spiritual practices within their communities. They can promote positive interfaith dialogue and help those around them explore questions of existence and understand religious diversity.

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Theology course curriculum

Whether you want to explore a specific religion or faith, or you want to gain a broad understanding of theology more generally, edX has courses that can help. By diving into religious scriptures and beliefs, you can learn important skills, such as:

  • Interpreting the roles world religions play today and throughout history

  • Appreciating the diversity and evolution of world religions and their scriptures

  • Understanding the strengths and limitations of learning about world religions through their sacred texts

  • Exploring how scriptures are interpreted to diverse ends in different historical and cultural contexts

  • Engaging in nuanced readings of world scriptures

Even learners who are not religious or are non-practicing can find value in learning about different faiths and the ways in which they view the world. Courses can provide greater context around literature, help learners develop conflict resolution skills, and supplement ethical studies. 

Learning theology can supplement your philosophical and spiritual studies. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore theology jobs

Individuals with knowledge of theology can pursue a variety of jobs.They may be directly related to the study of theology, apply theological knowledge, or leanings in different fields. Some of these roles include:

  • Religious leader: Provides guidance, leads services, and offers support to their communities. Some roles include pastor, rabbi, imam, and other clergy titles.

  • Chaplain: Caters to the spiritual and religious needs of people in hospitals, prisons, the military, and other institutions.Footnote 1

  • Interfaith dialogue coordinator: Facilitates conversation and fosters understanding between individuals and groups of different faiths and backgrounds.Footnote 2

  • Choir director: Applies theological knowledge to the production of religious music that inspires their congregation.Footnote 3

  • Spiritual caregiver: Offers spiritual support to hospital- and hospice-bound individuals and their families.Footnote 4

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, some employers may seek candidates with a specialized degree depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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