Theological and Biblical Studies Comparison

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Differences Between Theology and Biblical Studies

While many people use the terms Theology and Bible synonymously, they are actually quite different. The chart below contrasts the difference between biblical studies and theology. This will help you determine whether CCU's M.A. in Theological Studies or M.A. in Biblical Studies can best meet your educational goals. If you still have questions after viewing the theology vs. biblical studies information, contact your enrollment counselor!

Theology & Theological Studies
The Bible & Biblical Studies
Learn to think theologically Learn to think biblically
Encounter the doctrines of God, human redemption and other major theological doctrines in Scripture Develop effective tools for biblical interpretation
Investigate the foundational value of Jesus Christ's life and work and God's establishment of His church Discover methods for analyzing Scripture
Explore the rich history and traditions of the Christian church Evaluate how the reliability of the Bible supports personal faith
Discover the practices of Christian spiritual formation Apply biblical principles to everyday life challenges
Engage the arts and culture through a theological approach Explore the full range of God's self-revelation, from Genesis to Revelation
Develop a rational defense for a Christian worldview Locate historical events and important persons meaningful to the interpretation of Scripture
Probe Scripture and theological writings in order to create a truly Christian, ethical way to live Create effective study and teaching resources to engage listeners and communicate the Gospel

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