Why Study Theology?

The word theology is made up of two Greek words  (Theos- God) and (Logos-Word). Too often, the word theology is incorrectly defined as the study of God. We cannot study God because  God is an incomprehensible, mysterious and eternal Spirit Being. God is the uncaused cause. To say that we have an exhaustive understanding of God is to say that we are gods or have created God in our own image,  which is idolatry. While we as human beings cannot in this temporal world know God exhaustively, for we only see through a glass dimly (1 Cor. 13:12), we can indeed know God truly.   There theology defined correctly means the study of the revelation of God as recorded for us in Scripture. K. Nürnberger,  a South African theologian, states that theology is the quest of believers to understand what they believe. This means that faith comes first and then follows theology. The fifth-century theologian St. Augustine of Hippo defined theology as a rational discussion respecting God. Erickson (2001:22) defines theology as the "study, or the science of God" Theology is, therefore, thinking about God. Jesus command to love God with all of our heart,  with our soul and mind (Matt 22:37). Thus to love God entirely is to use also our minds. In the words of  Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109), Theology is "faith seeking understanding". Therefore, it is our privilege to be invited as a mere human being who know Christ as Saviour, to gaze upon the magnificent One, to behold his glory.  To study theology at Cape Town Baptist Seminary is therefore seen not only seen as an academic pursuit, but rather our  worshipful response to God  in understanding his revelation that dictates our belief and action as we engage our calling in Christ and the Missio Dei

Prof. Dr. Godfrey Harold

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Rev. Emlyn Kannemeyer has been appointed on a full-time basis to serve as Director of Dare, a ministry of the Dignity Campaign, Cape Town, South Africa

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Rev. Nobuntu PenxaMatholeni serves as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Practical Theology at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Prof. Garth Aziz serves as Head of Discipline, Practical Theology and Missiology at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Dr Conrad Mbewe serves as Pastor at Kabwata Baptist Church and Founding Chancellor at African Christian University, Zambia.

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Rev. Bernadette WhitePhilips serves as Pastor at Capricorn Community Church, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Rev Brain Louw serves as Senior Pastor at White Rock Baptist, British Colombia, Canada.

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Rev. Abraham Joseph serves as Senior Pastor at Bethel Baptist after serving Africa Inland Mission for many years, Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa.

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Dr Tim Black serves as National Director for Scripture Union South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Rev. David Stuurman serves as Senior Pastor at New Life Baptist Church, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Rev. Keith Lategaan serves as Senior Pastor at International Baptist Church, Stuttgart, Germany.