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    just wondering is theology just a posh name for religious studies, regarding that one cannot do theology for an a-level subject but can do rs, or are they different?
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    Well, RS is a watery, hand-wavey version of theology. Theology, I think, is very much as its name suggests - the study of deities / theism - whereas RS nowadays is more focused on ethics and stuff which really doesn't belong in theology.
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    Also, I think Theology tends to focus more on the Christian Religion, whereas RS gives equal attention to them all. I think that there are some opportunities for broadening the study of religion to capture different traditions within a theology course. I'm doing an English/Theology joint-honours degree course in September, so hopefully this is the right answer.

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by colemanator)
    just wondering is theology just a posh name for religious studies, regarding that one cannot do theology for an a-level subject but can do rs, or are they different?
    You can do theology at A-level (or at least, you used to be able to). It's just that very, very few schools offer it. I knew a chap who went to a Jesuit school in Northern Ireland who had an A-level in theology.

    They're not the same - RS is more philosophical. Both would serve as a good precursor to a theology degree though, I guess. If it is philosophy you are interested in, you'd be better to take philosophy A-level (if your school/college offers it) over RS.
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    (Original post by phawkins1988)
    You can do theology at A-level (or at least, you used to be able to). It's just that very, very few schools offer it. I knew a chap who went to a Jesuit school in Northern Ireland who had an A-level in theology.

    They're not the same - RS is more philosophical. Both would serve as a good precursor to a theology degree though, I guess. If it is philosophy you are interested in, you'd be better to take philosophy A-level (if your school/college offers it) over RS.
    I never knew that :rolleyes: . I wonder how different it is.
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    Theology generally more aimed towards Christianity, whereas RS is more general and also looks at ethics.
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    would studying lukes gospel be theology or rs?
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    theology is almost entirely christian if you study it at university apparently..
    only a few uni's do other religions too!
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    i thought i did theology at A level this year lol, well our teachers called it theology and on all our work sheets it said 'theology handouts' etc
    but on our exam papers it said religeous studies
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    I take OCR religious studies which is one half philosophy of religion (proofs for the existance of god, the mind body problem, the problem of evil and suffering etc etc) and the other half is the study of a religion of your school's coice (ie theology). in my case it's buddhism but it can be judaism, islam, hinduism or christianity. as for it being 'watery'..whatever!
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    same with me helen.

    On timetables and stuff it had always said Theology, was only in May when we got our exam sheet that I realised I was actually doing AQA Religious Studies.
 
 
 
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