Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

Theology and higher education: The place of a Faculty of Theology at a South African university

Jaco Beyers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3450 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3450 | © 2016 Jaco Beyers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2016 | Published: 28 October 2016

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Jaco Beyers, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In 2017, the Faculty of Theology celebrates its centenary at the University of Pretoria. Celebrating a centennial is as much as looking back as looking forward. In a changing world with changing paradigms how does one remain relevant? Different challenges and expectations presented to tertiary institutions of education in a new dispensation puts all concerned with higher education in South Africa under pressure. The question addressed in this article is how will a Faculty of Theology (in this case at the University of Pretoria) remain relevant to such an extent that it is continued to be viewed as desirable to have such a faculty present at a university, participating in the academic process and simultaneously continues to contribute to the well-being of the South African society. The author suggests the following guidelines for consideration. In order to remain relevant for the next couple of hundred years the Faculty of Theology should engage contextually with society, practise interdisciplinary Theology, engage in interreligious dialogue while still remaining connected to faith communities. A paradigm of post-foundationalism enables Theology to exercise Theology in a relevant and meaningful manner.


theology; university; higher education; post-foundationalism; paradigm; relevance


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