Theological Education Today
Theological Education in America: (1) “The Situation in 1958,” by Charles L. Taylor; (2) “Training for the Parish Ministry,” by Paul W. Hoon; (3) “Training of Teachers of Religion for College and University,” by Robert Michaelsen; (4) “The Cosmos and the Ego,” by Keith Bridston, Religion In Life (Winter, 1958–59), are reviewed by Ned B. Stonehouse, Dean of Faculty, Westminster Theological Seminary.
The significance of the publication of these articles on theological education does not lie, in the first place at any rate, in the novelty of the ideas presented or in the disclosure of earnest concern for the present state of such education on the part of these leaders in the field. Professional concern for theological education has found noteworthy recent expression in the books, The Purpose of the Church and Its Ministry, by H. R. Niebuhr (1956), The Ministry in Historical Perspectives, edited by H. R. Niebuhr and D. D. Williams (1956), and The Advancement of Theological Education, by H. R. Niebuhr, D. D. Williams and J. M. Gustafson (1957). And to a substantial extent the thoughts and perspectives of these articles reflect the ideas and point of view of these volumes. But these articles are significant, as the editors of Religion in Life say in introducing them, because “the interest in theological education is no longer confined to an inner circle. The wider public has come to realize how deeply the future of the whole Christian movement depends on the quality of training of its leadership.”
All four articles are well written, informative, challenging and provocative, and thus fulfill rather well the purpose which the editors had in view. As will be pointed out below, their common viewpoint will ...1
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