This morning I was thinking about all the new PhD programs in Biblical Studies/Theology (etc) and I started wondering if there were too many such programs. In the past three years alone Southern Evangelical Seminary, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and Piedmont Baptist College have started their own PhD programs. All of those programs are within driving distance of each other. While that is good news for those schools, I wonder what it does for the academic job market. After all in North Carolina (alone) we already have PhDs in theology being offered by Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and within moving distance is Bob Jones University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. There are others in the area as well, those are just the "major" names (liberal and conservative). What are all these new PhD graduates going to do? They can't all teach since there are not enough jobs for all of them. Sure, many of them are and will continue to be preachers. However in an already tight job market I have to wonder why so many people seem to be rushing to get a PhD in theology. It seems to me that some of these people would be better served either going into a different field of study or not pursuing a PhD (depending upon God's call in their lives). I also worry about what the large number of PhDs in theology is doing to the field as a whole. How many of these PhD graduates are actually researching and writing in their fields? Surely not all of them or even most of them. I am not saying that we should discourage people from earning a PhD in theology. After all, if they believe God has called them to do that then they should. However I do believe we should always caution people about taking that route. After all it would be ashame to earn a PhD for academic purposes and then not be able to find an academic job. Any thoughts?