How to Write a Theological Thesis
29 SEP 2017
A theological thesis takes an academic look at the Bible. The theological thesis is often a stepping stone to post-graduate seminary work and leadership positions in churches and denominations. Writing a theological thesis takes lots of time and commitment. Communicate on a daily basis with mentors, professors and fellow students to remain positive and inspired during the process. For those who succeed, completing a thesis is a highly rewarding moment of one's academic life.
1 Establish your thesis topic
Establish your thesis topic. Pick a topic that piques your interest and is relevant to Christian theology. Choose from any range of ideas from biblical inerrancy, structures of Christian worship and comparisons of Christian denominations. Read and watch all relevant materials related to your topic. Determine how your idea solves or examines unanswered questions or issues within theology.
2 Research your thesis thoroughly
Research your thesis thoroughly. Collect various versions of the Bible -- old and modern -- along with academic and theological books, journals, magazines, web links and recorded lectures. Conduct interviews with experts as necessary. Analyze and dissect important biblical passages. Organize all reference materials into a bibliography to have handy as you begin writing.
3 Write an outline of your paper
Write an outline of your paper. Note the questions your paper intends to address. State your thesis in a clear and concise manner. Identify the purpose of your paper in a coherent manner. Outline chapter titles and the aims of each chapter in the body of the paper. Break down each chapter to ensure they all properly relate to the objective of the thesis.
Type the paper in a standard 12-point font. Double space the paper. Write an introduction to the thesis, which outlines the purpose of the paper. Build the structure of the body by attacking the issue from all necessary angles. Supplement your findings and inferences with the support of reference material. Compose a conclusion that affirms your thesis and answers questions posed throughout the paper. Include a cover page, table of contents and bibliography.