Started by Mark Brown, October 20, 2015, 12:25:57 PM
Quote...Here she was, starting her graduate studies in religion when she did not know the definition of liturgy, had never read the Bible and could not have identified a major theologian like Karl Barth, even if it would have won her a fortune on "Jeopardy!" Yet something in organized religion hinted at an answer to the atomized, unmoored life she led...She added, "I wanted to create a meaningful community that came together based on a shared goal rather than a shared religious creed."...Second, divinity school offers even atheists and spiritual seekers a language of moral discourse and training in congregational leadership. The traits appeal to nones who aspire to careers in activism, social work, chaplaincy or community organizing rather than taking to a pulpit...Within higher education, divinity programs often stand apart from the cult of relativism in the liberal arts and the utilitarian emphasis in professional schools focusing on business and law, for example....
Quote from: Charles Austin on October 20, 2015, 01:02:55 PMYes, by all means, let us lament the fact that people who may not have a theology are going to seminaries to learn about theology. They are there, after all, for the wrong reasons and - since we are so darned insecure - their presence may contaminate the purity of whatever we think is there. I think it's terrific that the people described in that article are at seminaries. It's better than having them squeeze together and create their own seminary and theology.
Quote from: Svensen on October 20, 2015, 03:29:52 PMI don't see why this is that surprising, considering Harvard Divinity School is entirely non-sectarian and interreligious anyway. Yale, U Chicago, and Vanderbilt - though officially Christian - probably have similar people all over the place. (My guess is that other top schools like Princeton, Duke, and Baylor are noticeably more "Christian" than these other four, however).
Quote from: Charles Austin on October 20, 2015, 03:39:13 PM No surprises at all in the judgmental responses here.
Quote from: peter_speckhard on October 20, 2015, 03:50:00 PMQuote from: Charles Austin on October 20, 2015, 03:39:13 PM No surprises at all in the judgmental responses here.How you pack so much irony in so few words continually amazes me.
Quote from: Charles Austin on October 20, 2015, 04:11:59 PMI repeat. People are interested in studying theology. Should we not be pleased with that?