Original Research - Special Collection: Structural subjects - Church History and Systematic Theology

Theological education with the help of technology

Erna Oliver
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2643 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2643 | © 2014 Erna Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2014 | Published: 25 September 2014

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Erna Oliver, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


Theology seemingly does not have a major impact on society anymore. However, Christianity did not only change and form the western world over the past 2000 thousand years, it still has a substantial role to play in society. This could be done through the development of theologies, the recognition that religious topics are still major segments in the publishing industry and the transforming potential of the Christian message on people. Although theological training finds itself in a difficult position, technology offers support to teaching and learning, cuts costs and offers solutions to a number of current problems concerning the effective formation of ministers. It is no longer necessary to provide theological training through a one-size-fits-all approach – a style that kept the pre-network society boxed. The aim is to motivate educators in theology to embrace the opportunities provided by the network society in aiding with the training of ministers by utilising current and future trends of development in technology.


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