Studying Theology at Oxford? Don't Bother with Christianity

Daily Mail (London), April 2, 2016 | Go to article overview

Studying Theology at Oxford? Don't Bother with Christianity


Byline: Sarah Harris

AFTER studying theology at Oxford University, you might expect to leave with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of Christianity.

But thanks to a new emphasis on diversity, those taking the course need only cover the basics in order, the university says, to give them the freedom to focus on other faiths.

Academics said the degree - one of Oxford's oldest - is being altered to reflect changes in British society and culture.

It will be rebranded as 'theology and religion' from September 2017.

Four previously compulsory Christian components will be axed in the second and third years of study. However, two mandatory Christian theology papers will remain in the first year. Johannes Zach-huber, of the faculty of theology, confirmed students could now avoid studying Christianity during their later years.

Undergraduates will be able to opt for topics such as 'Buddhism in space and time' or 'feminist approaches to theology and religion' instead.

Professor Zachhuber said he thought it unlikely that many would drop all Christian elements after their first year. …

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