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Theology

Theological study and research at Princeton Seminary is rigorous in scholarship and rooted in the faith of the church. It is attentive to the witness of Scripture and to the development of Christian doctrine, while engaging with contemporary issues in philosophy, science, and the wider culture. The department of theology is positioned in the broad Reformed confessional tradition and at the same time strongly committed to ecumenical dialogue.  

Theology is the critical reflection on the beliefs and practices of faith communities. It requires ethical analysis, historical awareness, and contextual understanding. Courses cover systematic theology, Christian ethics, philosophy, and the history of doctrine. Courses in missional and ecumenical theology focus on the integrative character of mission, incorporating the biblical formation and historical development of mission, its contemporary challenges, and the theology of God’s mission.

Deep theological reflection and pressing contemporary issues come together in the classroom through classes like War and Christian Conscience, and The Ethics of Resisting and Accepting Death. Princeton Seminary is committed to teaching students to recognize the connection between Christian theology and responsible Christian action. Faith and practice are a cornerstone of the curriculum.  

Learn more about the History of the Theology Department (pdf)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Associate Rector at Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey

Nancy Hagner, Class of 2013

“Preaching is one of the most important things we do as pastors because it’s one of the last places in our society where people will actually listen, perhaps to things they may not agree with.”