Seminary & Theological Grad School Virtual Fair

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Statement from Princeton Seminary Faculty

The faculty of Princeton Theological Seminar have issued a statement about president Donald Trump’s approach to refugees, immigration, and a number of other matters more generally. Here is the opening paragraph: We, the undersigned, believe that because God is sovereign over all creation and because all human beings are embraced by God’s all encompassing grace, [Read More…]

Gethseminary

For some reason, just as I was waking up one morning some weeks ago, I had the mash-up between “Gethsemane” and “seminary” that is the title of this post pop into my head. And then I read a piece in the Chronicle about the educational power of discomfort. It was not specifically about seminaries, but about the [Read More…]

Jesus Crosses the Line

A while back, Morgan Guyton wrote: If I am following the lead of Paul the apostle of grace who championed the Gentiles, then I’m going to read the Bible with a slant to justify whichever outsider the insiders are defining themselves against in order to legitimate their privilege and power. Paul would have miserably failed [Read More…]

I Still/No Longer Believe

There’s been another interesting convergence of the blogosphere. Brandon Withrow shared his story of losing faith while teaching at seminary, and as a result departing from there. Christopher Skinner blogged about it, and asked what it is that leads to this experience being so common (UPDATE: see also his follow-up post about Jay Oord’s departure from [Read More…]

Everyone is Liberal to Someone

Cliff Kvidahl blogged recently about an accusation of encroaching liberalism that he encountered. What, you might ask, prompted the accusation? Something to do with the virginal conception? Failure to use the word inerrancy? Suggesting that everyone should get free healthcare? It turns out it was none of the usual bugbears, but merely the affirmation of [Read More…]

Princeton Theological Commons

Princeton Theological Seminary has made a large number of digitized volumes available online, in its Theological Commons. If you have never explored its holdings, I'd encourage you to click through and do so. While it obviously consists primarily of older materials, they are particularly useful ones for academics studying ancient religion or history, Biblical studies, [Read More…]

Support for Christopher Rollston: Update

Since I last blogged about the topic of Christopher Rollston’s situation at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a lot has appeared not only on blogs, but in Inside Higher Ed, which carried a story about what has been going on. That article suggested that the Emmanuel Christian Seminary administration was choosing to pander to a potential donor (and pursue a large [Read More…]

Hagar as Woman, Slave and Wife

It is useful to discuss what is going on with Christopher Rollston at Emmanuel Christian Seminary from the perspective of academic freedom. But it is also important to pay attention to the matter that sparked it all: Biblical studies, and what Chris referred to as the “marginalization of women” in the Bible. That terminology doesn’t [Read More…]

Does Seminary Education Have a Future?

I unfortunately didn’t find the time to chime in myself, but Patheos hosted a multi-blog conversation on the future of seminary education, and I wanted to at least link to it and share it with you. If you have any thoughts about the subject, feel free to leave a comment, whether here or on one [Read More…]