United Theological Seminary

I’ve been accepted by both United Theological Seminary and the University of St. Andrews. Call it what you will, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I’ve decided that United Theological Seminary will be the place to start my degree journey. There were other schools available, but United sort of fell into my lap in a very unexpected and timely manner. This does not mean that I will still not look forward to USA, but starting September 7th, I will be a Seminarian at UTS for the next three years. Also, I have applied for a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of South Africa, with my thesis on Revelation. (Hopefully, it will be approved). Wouldn’t mind a Masters in Theology from UTS as well. We’ll see.

My ultimate goal from UTS and the other educational institutions? Most likely to be qualified to teach at a school in three years; however, I will be taking the ordination route for UTS for a UMC elder. Three years is a long time….

And yes, United Theological Seminary is in…. Ohio. So, I guess all my chiding of Adam S. is going to come back to haunt me. As a matter of fact, I will have to spend a week in Ohio…twice a year… for their Gathering Weeks. Also, as part of the experience at UTS, I will have to experience a cross-cultural mission trip sometime during the next three years. It should be about 10 days long, with cultural immersion, as I understand it. I am truly looking forward to that. Oh, and I will be taking at least Greek, finding Hebrew to be as impious as German.

By the way, they have a podcast site, if you are interested. Oh, and yes, they are accredited if you are into that sort of thing, although those who hold to Libertarian views should really be against Government intrusion into education. (zing!!!!) Also, I haven’t had to confess anything to be in.

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26 Replies to “United Theological Seminary”

  1. Not really a zinger. I am for limited government, not no government at all, that belongs to the anarchists like the Koch brothers (oh, yes i did). As far as I can tell, accreditation wise, government really does not play a role; rather independent institutions such as the Association of Theological Schools, SACS, etc. And really ATS and SACS are not that invasive; only stop by once or twice a year, interview a few, chosen elect students, and be on their merry way.

  2. Still a zinger… and I’ve been waiting to use it for a while. Don’t take that away from me…

    Further, you have to look at the history of Accreditation. It began as a means for the Government to decide which schools would get money. So, schools have to measure up to the Dept. of Education in order to receive money. Again, zing

  3. I have no problem with that; but again, I have seen how the accreditation process works, and the government pretty much stays out. The government does not determine which way theological studies will go; that belongs to the ATS. Again, I have no problem with the government in education; an educated citizenry, a protected consumer, and a free church are the best means of limiting state power.

  4. Well, I’m impressed! You will be busy. And I think Accreditation is important if the goal is to have a recognised qualification.

    I’ll continue with my classes for two hours per week, which are really helping me.

  5. You make an awful Libertarian, Rodney. Accreditation is only valid, not because of the mystical process, but because it is required and thus backed up by the Department of Education – the U.S. Department of Education. Otherwise, I could accredit schools and it would be okay.

    Plus, Free Market thought is against the protected consumer and an educated citizenry couldn’t possibly be a Libertarian. Last by not least, the intellectual foundations of Libertarianian are agnostics at best (Hayek) and a-theists at worst (Rand).

    I still think you make a good ‘State’s rights’ Democrat, not to be confused with ‘statism’.

  6. “Plus, Free Market thought is against the protected consumer and an educated citizenry couldn’t possibly be a Libertarian. Last by not least, the intellectual foundations of Libertarianian are agnostics at best (Hayek) and a-theists at worst (Rand). ”

    Wrong and wrong again. and wrong a million times. First, there are libertarians that admire Ralph Nader (http://www.amconmag.com/article/2004/nov/08/00010/); ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQRvW4-Spdc&feature=related ) i am opposed to corporate socialism, which is not a free market economy. let’s just get this straight. Please stop confusing anarchy and backers of corporate socialism and the status quo with free marketers. A free market is one where businesses are free, unions are free with their rights, and consumers with their. It is ridiculous to confine my brand of libertarianism with the anarchy of others. I make no apologies for not being a kool aid sipper.

    You are failing to recognizing the large roles of accrediting agencies.

  7. Simply because a few misinformed Libertarians still have no clue as to what their economic doctrine really entails, doesn’t make you a good Libertarian. No worries, we’ll keep a place for you.

    The first and only role such an agency has is to make sure the school can receive Federal Student Aid. Most other countries simply do not have such a system. I am not arguing against the system for several reasons, but in the end, a Libertarian would be against such a government intrusion into Education

  8. Joel,

    Many congratulations! I thought it would take me 3 years to finish my MA, but lo and behold, I’m getting out in 2.5. Don’t worry—those years go by real quick!

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