Until recent decades, redaction criticism of the Bible, and even form criticism of the Bible in general, were considered by theological conservatives to be off limits. Therefore conservative seminaries did not teach these fields of study and their students did not pursue them. To moderate and liberal Bible scholars, however, these fields of Biblical study were considered to be not only important fields of Biblical study, but necessary fields of Biblical study if one is to achieve an accurate understanding of the message of the Bible. And several decades earlier, historical criticism and literary criticism of the Bible were considered by theological conservative to be off limits. Therefore conservative seminaries did not teach them and their students did not study them. The painful consequence of this is that conservative Bible scholars are still seriously lagging behind and young seminary students who wish to catch up find it necessary to spend a great deal of time reading the works of liberal scholars. Adding to this the pressures of learning Greek and Hebrew and other academic pressures; social, family and church pressures; and trials and tribulations of life, we find many seminary students being overwhelmed and dropping out of school or, even worse, caving in to some very damaging liberal views. For this reason, I believe that it essential that seminaries make every effort to hire professors who are academically qualified in the contemporary fields of Biblical studies even if the professors’ views are somewhat liberal, and then to deal with the liberal views in open discussion between the students and the faculty with guidance from the administrators of the seminaries. I am posting this in the General Baptist Discussion forum rather than the Baptist Colleges/Seminaries forum because this is an issue that should be important to all Baptists and I would like input from those who don’t read the posts in the Baptist Colleges/Seminaries forum.