This flagship theology course is for anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of and relationship with Christian Scriptures and teachings. Successor to the previously long-running Theology Quest and Questions course, Exploring Theology offers intellectually rigorous, interactive, and accessible learning.
While Exploring Theology is a two-year course, it is designed so that students can join in at any time. Year A focuses on Exploring the Bible, serving to equip students with knowledge and tools to read and encounter the Scriptures faithfully and fruitfully in their own lives. Year A is comprised of three terms which provide introductions to both the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament and then a third term on the various ways in which we read, interpret, understand, and make meaning of the Bible.
Year B focuses on Exploring Christian Belief, which serves to help students see the bigger picture in relation to developments and themes within the Christian tradition. Year B is also comprised of three terms, focusing on exploring Christian history of belief, modern developments in theological conversations and issues, and then the final term considers the practicalities of living in Christian faith and ethics.
‘I loved [this term of Exploring Theology], and can’t wait for the next one. It gave all of the depth and challenge that I’ve been looking for, but I also feel like you dug up a few of the paving slabs of my faith; which is never a bad thing.’
‘The Exploring Theology Course is wonderful – inspiring, thought provoking and transformative. A real landmark on my spiritual journey.’
‘The quality and level of expertise and experience of critical research amongst the lecturers is just so impressive. I felt very privileged to have access to a wealth of interesting and talented people.’
‘I find Exploring Theology intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding in that my views of spirituality have broadened considerably.’
For more details on the term or to register, please watch our social media feed or go to the main Exploring Theology page for details as they are made available.
Sessions begin with a 45 minute lecture, followed by a 15 minute tea and coffee break. The second part is 15 minutes Q&A based on the lecture and then 45 minutes of communal reading and discussion of a relevant text. The programme is offered both in-person and online. We begin and end promptly as those who attend in person have distance to travel.
Those who come are always very varied in their professional and personal experience, as well as any religious commitment they have (or not as the case may be), and that variety is very welcome.
The teaching team for each term consists of both Sarum College staff members and external tutors relative to the topic of the week.
The College Library is a very valuable resource for students, and a discounted membership is available for those who sign up for a full term of Exploring Theology (or you are entitled to a free membership if you sign up to write essays.