A seminary, school of theology, theological seminary, or divinity school is an educational institution for educating students (sometimes called seminarians) in scripture, theology, generally to prepare them for ordination to serve as clergy, in academics, or mostly in Christian ministry.
The English word is taken from the Latin seminarium, translated as seed-bed, an image taken from the Council of Trent document Cum adolescentium aetas which called for the first modern seminaries.
In the United States, the term is currently used for graduate-level theological institutions, but historically it was used for high schools.
How Do I Start Studying Theology?
3 Simple Ways to Start Studying Theology
- Read God’s Word. This may seem overly simplistic, but too often we seek to gain knowledge apart from its source‑ to simply know the answers without knowing the why behind them.
- Ask questions.
- Read good books.
What Do Theologians Do?
Theology is the study of religion. It examines the human experience of faith, and how different people and cultures express it. Theologians examine the many different religions of the world and their impact on society.