Evangelical Seminaries and the Baptist

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges / Seminaries' started by PreachTREE, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. PreachTREE

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    Being a Baptist, what beliefs/practices have changed or been strengthened after attending a non-Baptist seminary?

    Why am I asking? Well I graduated from an IFB Bible College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and am planning to attend TEDS for my MDiv. All your replies will be helpful! Thanks

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    Hi PreachTree!

    I did my undergrad at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and now I am attending Liberty Theological Seminary's distance learning program. However, I did take a few classes at a unaccredited evangelical seminary, and going to a solid evangelical seminary you will not notice much difference. However, it is interesting to hear what other denominations and ideas are out there. I found it very interesting, and it also reaffirmed what I believe as well. It will be a good experience. TEDS has a great reputation, unlike the Trinity (Newburgh) where I took some classes. You'll do fine, and I know it will be a blessing to you!

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    If you mean TEDS to be Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University), I'd agree that it is indeed top flight, as is Liberty. BTW, so is Clear Creek, for undergrads, as are all I have aforementioned, IMO!

    Newburgh? A half-step above Andersonville, maybe! :rolleyes:

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    Ed,

    I got hit with a :tonofbricks: and then I saw the light! I was kind of hoping that Trinity would get regional accredidation with NCA, but then when Dr. Hogg was forced out, I began to look at their business and ethical practices and was VERY uncomfortable with what I saw. Liberty has a great reputation, and is both regionally and nationally accredited (TRACS & SACS). Liberty blows Newburgh out of the water! :)
     
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    ==You are going to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School? That is one school that I would love to attend. I like the looks of their MA/Church History program. What will be the focus of your MDiv?
     
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    Trinity College, Trinity Graduate School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School are located in Trinity International University. Trinity Law School is in California.
     
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    Well, lets hope that I get accepted first! :praying: If I do get accepted, I'll probably take their "pastor-teacher" track.
     
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    Since love is being shown to Clear Creek, I'm going to chime in as a proud alum! :wavey:
     
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    didn't hurt me!

    My BA and ThB in Bible (5th yr-1964,66)were taken in a Baptist school. My first teaching credential in English(45 more sem units-1969) is from a Roman Catholic school. My second teaching credential in Special Ed(1977-36 more units) is from an USA public university. My MA in Theology ( 36 sem units-1968)is from a Nazarene school. I finished work for the MDiv and ThM (1994) from a Baptist school and did the ThD (or DTh-2005) by research "in" a public South African university.

    IMO a good way to go might be to be exposed to one's denominational particulars in undergrad work and then do grad work in the context of another somewhat different belief system.

    I remain a Conservative Baptist but one who is fairly informed on opposing theological views , who has learned to use primary sources to understand these opposing views, and to modify his own understandings when it is deemed fit to do so. . This worked for me.

    But one who plans such a course should first make himself aware of how his education will be viewed by those with whom he wishes to be associated.

    Bill G.
     
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    Keerect!! Trinity Law School, formerly Simon Greenleaf School of Law, later Simon Greenleaf University, is an integral part of Trinity International University since the school joined Trinity in 1997. TIU is headquartered in Deerfield, IL as it has been for at least 40 years. Any time before than that is before my knowledge.

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    Yes sir! I live 10 minutes away.
     
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    I'm glad Liberty is working out so well for you! BTW the bricks crack me up!

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    I applied a month ago and today I finally got the acceptance call! Its kinda bittersweet because classes start on Monday! :godisgood:
     
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    I am a "fundamentalist" by heritage. It's been two weeks at TEDS and so far, I have not seen or heard anything that requires me to cry Fundamentalism. Right now, I'm debating whether or not I am a friendly Fundamentalist or a Conservative Evangelical. :laugh:

    TEDS is awesome! :godisgood:
     
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    TEDS is not now TIU. TEDS is perhaps a part of TIU. I am enrolled there in the DMin. I think the question here is answered by how strong one is in their Baptist convictions. If you are not sure why you are a Baptist, going to a non-Baptist seminary may be harmful to you. If you know why you are a Baptist, then it probably won't be harmful. With everything you must be discerning.
     
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    Russell Moore on Baptist & Evangelicalism

    Hey gang:

    This will fit the issue at hand. Dr. Russell Moore, Dean at Southern Seminary, gave a lecture series to a DMin seminar at Southwestern Seminary. It is online at the new SBCToday blog spot. I really do believe that any/all interested in this thread ought to go there and listen to what he had to say. Very good stuff!!!

    http://sbctoday.com/resources/audio-resources/russell-moore

    Enjoy! And please get this worked back into the thread here.

    sdg!:thumbs:

    rd
     
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    Would it be fair to say that the main difference between Baptists and other conservatives is their heritage?
     
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    No, not really. There are the Baptist distinctives that set Baptists apart.
     

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