"I'm a math/chemistry/accounting major, I don't need to get an A in my writing class!" Do you agree?
I sure hope you don't agree. Writing skills are crucial, no matter your major or desired career path. At some point everyone needs to write well, whether on a resume or cover letter, a presentation to their employer, or the annual family holiday letter. Bad grammar and sentence structure turns readers off in an instant. A paper full of correct facts might still earn a low grade if those facts are impossible to find in the body a poorly written mess.
True or false: "Studying" is just reading and memorizing things. There's no real 'skill' involved.
Obviously the answer is false!! There is a great deal of skill involved in studying well and effectively. From reading and note-taking to time management, learning to study well is key to academic success. The more time and effort one puts into learning to study, the more successful she/he will be!
What is the difference between the academic disciplines of theology and biblical studies?
Like any piece of literature, the bible can be studied in an academic setting. If one is able to set aside, even if only temporarily, their (usually long-held) religious beliefs, the depth of research which can be done on the bible is limitless. Biblical studies involves a variety of research areas such as historical, linguistic, social, political, and several others. Theology, on the other hand, takes what the biblical scholars have concluded and apply it to doctrine and church polity (rules/practice).