Colleges And Institutes On Review
The Bible College Story: Education with Dimension, by S. A. Witmer, Introduction by Merrill C. Tenney (Channel, 1962, 253 pp. with appendix, $3.75), is reviewed by Frank E. Gaebelein, Headmaster of The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, New York.
Here is the first published full-length treatment of the Bible institute-college movement. Moreover, Dr. Witmer was unusually well qualified to write it. A careful scholar and experienced teacher, he spoke out of years of effective work in Christian education, during which he served as president of Fort Wayne Bible College and, until his death in 1962, as executive secretary of the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges.
For entirely too long the distinctive contribution of evangelicalism to education through Bible institutes and Bible colleges has been overlooked. Yet the development of the Bible institute-college since the founding of Nyack Missionary College in 1882 and Moody Bible Institute in 1886 has brought to education in the United States and Canada a new genre that occupies a place all its own, quite apart from the liberal arts college on the one hand and the theological seminary on the other hand. As such, and largely through the efforts of Dr. Witmer and other evangelical leaders, the United States Office of Education has recognized the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges as the one accrediting agency of undergraduate theological education.
The story of the development of the Bible institute and college in America has long needed telling. No group of schools that has influenced the religious life of the country and of the world as widely and deeply as has this group can be overlooked. These schools represent a major force in modern ...1
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