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Teaching Historical Theology at the University of Pretoria – Some introductory remarks

Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4596 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4596 | © 2017 Wim A. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 April 2017 | Published: 10 November 2017

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Wim A. Dreyer, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria went through a process of restructuring, resulting in the amalgamation of Dogmatics, Christian Ethics, Church History and Church Polity into one department under the name ‘Systematic and Historical Theology’. This contribution reflects only on the one aspect, namely Historical Theology. The point is made that a name change could not mean ‘business as usual’, but should be regarded as an opportunity to re-imagine the content and structure of Historical Theology. This is not an easy task. This contribution reflects on Historical Theology as theological discipline, the teaching content and how it could be relevant in Africa in the 21st century. It also has implications for restructuring the curriculum.

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