In a previous thread Amy made the following observation: It should be noted that havensdad never said that laymen could not understand the Word of God. He, I am certain, does not believe that as I am sure NNE on here does. He was mischaracterized in the above words. But he stated that it is striking that those who are most educated tend to be Calvinistic. Now I don't know if that is in and of itself true. I think it is probably accurate seeing that Presbyterian pastors usually have to have at least a seminary degree and that the largest Southern Baptist Seminary, which is also the largest on earth at times, is thoroughly Calvinistic. But that is for another thread. What this thread is about is this- Is it arrogant to say that people who are thoroughly theologically trained and educated tend to have a stronger grasp on the Scriptures than those who have no formal training whatsoever in this matter? Is it not also arrogance for laity to assume that they can go to the Bible and dig out as much or more than those who have dedicated a decade of their lives in universities specializing in the study of the Scriptures? Is it not the epitome of arrogance to not do the work that others have done and then claim that you are at least as able as they are? A laymen can go to the Bible and get all he needs. A scholar can go and get more by way of historical grammatical exposition. If this is not true then why do we have seminaries? Isn't it arrogant for a person who has little more than a Sunday School education to act as if he knows at least as much about the Bible as one who has painstakingly and at great expense dedicated his LIFE to the study of it?