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Invitation to Theology


The Invitation to Theology module mainly deals with community ministry, scripture studies and the various forms of Christianity which have been brought down from before Christ through to present day. A primary aspect is the way in which African theology and its influences have impacted Christianity as the world knows it today. Students should note that it is an introductory module and that the topics will likely become more in-depth in later years of study.

The Unisa syllabus

Topic 1: Introduction: Studying at UNISA
Topic 2: One Country, Many Christian Religious Stories
Topic 3: Scripture Studies
Topic 4: Theologies in Context
Topic 5: Congregational Ministries and Community Ministry

The CGM1501 textbook

Prescribed textbook

Title: Invitation to Theology - Only study guide for CGM1501.
Author: Prof J Engelbrecht ; Prof L Kretzchmar ; Dr W Nel ; Prof JK Theron ; Dr D Veldsman
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of South Africa
Year published: 2000
Year prescribed: 2010

Recommended reading

It is recommended to have a basic working knowledge of the Bible, specifically timeline history (OT and NT), the Gospels and the writings of Paul.

The CGM1501 exam

Past exam papers

The exam in May/June 2010

The examiner prescribed 4 sections, all of which needed to be answered within a two hour time frame.


Question 1

We were given the following quote:

In his article on Reformed Theology, Dirkie Smit makes the statement that South Africans live in "worlds apart" because of our history and the role that Reformed Theology played in that history.

and had to say:

  1. What Smit is referring to with this statement when he refers to the success-story of apartheid in South Africa and the seperate objective and subjective worlds that South Africans live in. And: What has Reformed Theology - after all - to do with this? (6)
  2. Whether or not we agreed with Smit's point of view, motivating our answer. (2)

Question 2 (Note: this question featured in the first compulsory assignment)

  1. We had to explain briefly how De Gruchy understands the concept of doing theology.
  2. and say whether or not we agreed, motivating our answer.

Question 3

We had to give a BRIEF explanation of the following three terms:

  1. Theology
  2. Tradition
  3. Hermeneutics

Question 4

We had to say if theology is a science, and discuss briefly the problem that this statement refers to and give a clear indication whether we agree or not. (5)


Question 5

We had to discuss the various religious groups in the Judean community to which the Jews belonged. (15)

Question 6

  1. Who conquered Jerusalem in 63 BCE which ended the Jewish independence? (1)
  2. When did the Persian era come to an end? (1)
  3. When was the Northern Kingdom conquered by the Assyrians? (1)
  4. Which letters in the New Testament are known as the Main letters of Paul? (1)
  5. What does the term Deutero-Canonical refer to? (1)
  6. Name two of the major prophets (1)
  7. Which books of the Bible are known as the former prophets? (1)
  8. Which one of the four Gospels is not part of the Synoptic Gospels? (1)
  9. Which letters are known as the Pastoral letters of Paul? (1)
  10. When did the Babylonian exile end? (1)


Question 7

We had to critically define hermeneutics and discuss key issues relevant in the interpretation of the Bible of texts (10)

Question 8

We had to write an essay in which we describe the contribution of one of the theologians listed below, and explain the contribution they have made to theology, the church and society and state the relevance of their perspectives to our life and our context.

  1. Catherine Booth
  2. John Wesley
  3. Allan Boesak
  4. John Calvin
  5. Martin Luther (Note: This is the 16th century Martin Luther, not Martin Luther King, jr.)
  6. Desmond Mpilo Tutu


Question 9

We had to briefly describe the possible relationship between Theory and Praxis.(5)

Question 10

We had to describe how Zerfass' methodological model can be used to address a problem in our faith community. (15)


Question 11

We had to name two reasons why poverty is important according to Wilson and Ramphele (2)

Question 12

We had to say what makes poverty in South Africa unique according to Wilson and Ramphele. (3)

..:: Exam Total: 100 marks ::.. This exam counted for 80% of our year mark and the assignments counted as 20%.

How to pass CGM1501

Study tips

  1. Use the Bible in conjunction with your studies. Throughout the study guide, the lecturers give scriptures to read in the context with what you are studying.
  2. As you are reading through the work, try to place the various subjects within your church context - this will make it that much easier to remember.
  3. As clich├ęd as this sounds - pray before you work and before you begin your exam. It really does help.

Useful links

  1. - Website which contains many translations of the Bible.
  2. - Website which contains scriptures for various topics. Note: the scriptures are added to by users, therefore be sure to check that the scripture for the topic you require is in correct context with the topic you are seeking.
  3. - Free Bible software and Bible translations which you can download. Includes commentaries, concordances, etc.

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Student opinions

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Pros of CGM1501

CGM1501 helps the student obtain knowledge and understanding of how Christianity as we know it today has evolved, specifically through the African theological influences. It may help you to gain a greater appreciation for the Christian faith. It is a lot of theory, but in the end it is worth the effort.

Cons of CGM1501

Even though focusing on African theology is necessary, some students may feel that too much of a focus is made on African theology and not on the world in general. For example - if a student moves to another continent to take up a pastoral position - to what benefit is African theology to them in their new location?

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