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Seminary vs. University educated Ph.D.'s

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by Daniel Dunivan, Nov 14, 2002.

  1. Daniel Dunivan

    Daniel Dunivan New Member

    Oct 4, 2002
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    If you are or have attended seminary, how many of your prof's had seminary degrees and how many had university degrees (in both cases I'm speaking of their doctorate)? What differences in theological approach, pedagogical approach, or overall understanding of the subjects did/do you see?

    Grace and Peace, Danny [​IMG]
  2. TaterTot

    TaterTot Guest

    Well, many of our profs have 2 doctorates - one from a university and one from a seminary - depending on their field of specialty. Even more have multiple Masters. My hubby is working on a PhD and plans to get another masters in another field, as well. In my experience, those who have training from both secular and Christian intitutions are better equipped to teach from a more holistic approach.
    Why do you ask?

    [ November 15, 2002, 02:32 AM: Message edited by: TaterTot ]
  3. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Have grad degrees from both baptist and secular schools.

    Found the baptist schools had faculty almost 100% with education in religious seminaries, etc. They had a passion and understanding of the ethical world view along with a desire to grow in the faith. Personal interest in me as well as in my education.

    Almost all the profs in the University of Wisconsin were PhD from secular schools. They were more demanding of the "letter" of the requirements (xyz amount of hours, pages, research, sources, etc) in the work, but blew off any real caring or interaction as a "person". It was a job.

    Of the two, I much prefer those trained in seminaries with ThD style than those with PhD.
  4. Jim1999

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    Aug 10, 2002
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    The best professor of Systematic Theology I had was adorned with a DD....no earned degrees. He was a pastor from Newport News, Virginia, Dr. George B. Fletcher. Then, our Hebrew professor had a PhD. She was a marvellous teacher.

    When I engage someone to do work on my motorcar, I want someone experienced and schooled in that field. The same is true in academic fields.

    I tremble when I read about so many seeking this degree upon that degree for the sake of getting degrees. Get all the education you can, but there is a time when we should be about our Father's business, and all the degrees do very little to admonish the local flock, feed the sheep.