Central Baptist Seminary

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  1. Rhetorician

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    To all who seek truth through knowledge:

    I cannot remember if we have ever discussed Central Baptist Seminary or not? This is a "piggy-back" on the other thread about Kevin Bauder's essays concerning whether or not the Fundamentalism movement needs scholars.

    Central, according to their web page, is not RA. But it is TRACS.

    If you look at the requirements for the PhD they have a really rigorous PhD program. They make a distinction that is quite clear on the web page between the Bible College being for "training" type ministry, the MDiv being for "Christian Leadership" in the churches, the DMin being the "highest degree" for the educated professional in ministry, and the the PhD/ThM being for all the roles having to do with scholarship.

    Here is the address:

    http://www.centralseminary.edu/

    I would like for some "Central grads" to come into the discussion and help us to know for sure that there are some Fundamentalist's schools out there other than Bob Jones that are really scholarly and rigorous.

    How about it guys, any of you "out there with 'yours ears on?'"

    Please do not limit the discussion to only the alums of Central.

    Enjoy!:laugh:
     
  2. Joseph M. Smith

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    I just knew Central Baptist Seminary and fundamentalism did not belong in the same sentence!

    But I thought, until I hit the link, you were talking about http://www.cbts.edu/
     
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    Rhetorician,
    If having a Ph.D. program in your standard for rigor, I'm afraid other fundamentailist seminaries will fail. The other fundamental seminaries that I know of do not have a Ph.D. program with the exception of BJU.
     
  4. EdSutton

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    There are actually at least three institutions in the United States named Central Baptist Seminary. Here is a third one.

    http://www.baptistseminary.edu/newsite/faculty/index.html

    Ed
     
  5. Squire Robertsson

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    Central of Minnesota has its roots in the Northern Baptists. It was organized through the efforts of the Minnesota Baptist Convention and Richard Clearwaters.
    The school has a heritage of Historic Northern Baptists (it that makes it a Fundamentalist school, so be it, Brother Smith.) I see it as the spiritual follow on to W.B. Riley's Northwestern Schools.
    Central for many years was the main (Northern) Baptist alternative to BJU's grad school. It bred many of the professors in the other northern tier colleges and seminaries.
     
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    Yup, that's Central of Virginia Beach! Its a sister school to the Central in Minnesota. If I didn't get accepted up TEDS, I would have went down there with a buddy. The one in Kansas is under the ABC I think; when I was still at Maranatha, I remember a couple guys joking about attending there because of their 75 credit M.Div!
     
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    Clearwaters, I understand, was a classic scholar in every sense of the word.
     
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    Would you consider Bible Baptist Seminary (http://www.bbc.edu/seminary/) at Clarks Summit, PA a Fundamentalist school? They have a fairly well-respected Ph.D. program. Check it out and tell us what you think.
     
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    paidagogos, I was not aware that BBC in Clarks Summit had a PhD program. By reputation, they would have an excellent academic program. They would identify themselves as fundamentalists and so would I.
     
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    I think what is seen here is the different ways academics were perceived by the northern tier of Fundamental Baptists and the southern tier.
     
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    Southern Fundamentalists?

    I would argue that Fundamentalism was primarily a Northern movement until the 1940's because liberalism was not as evident in Southern churches. The SBC, for example, dealt with their liberals (e.g Crawford Toy) but the Northern denominations struggled to defrock or expel their bad boys. Southern Seminary, although not part of the Fundamentalist movement, was as orthodox and scholarly, IMHO, as the Princeton theologians. Thus, I cannot agree that the North was more scholarly or academic but I will admit to the difference between oral and written traditions. In the South, it was scholarship through great preaching whereas the Northern theologues were more published. What do you think?
     

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