Modern American Protestantism has now become so wonderfully open to so many different points of view that there may even be hope that its leaders will pay a little attention to the evangelicals in their midst. Along these lines, I would like to suggest that in every denomination control of at least one seminary be turned over to the evangelicals. For years evangelicals have contributed to denominational causes they have failed to understand, have suspected, or have even loathed. Wouldn’t it be nice for once to give them a cause they liked? Just think how many people could be made happy and generous again merely by being given an ecclesiastical institution (such as a seminary) that they could love and support without embarrassment!

It is of course true that many denominational leaders feel ill at ease with evangelicals, but as these leaders have been saying for years in other contexts, it is the mark of a Christian to love the unlovable. They should also be pleased at the prospect of being open to yet another point of view. Moreover, rising to the support of another significant but oppressed minority would nurture their sense of justice and fair play. Finally, they have more seminaries than they can afford or fill anyway.

From the evangelical side, there is some urgency about the request in view of all the talk about quotas for seminary admission. Perhaps God will now have to take quota systems into account as he calls people into the ministry. At any rate, in the future it may be far more difficult for evangelicals to be accepted. Liberal and ecumenical schools want to relate to the real world. Since so much of the real world today is Chinese and Indian one could reasonably argue that 50 per cent of Protestant seminary enrollment ...

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