This forum, and the Conspiracies in Religions forum are fascinatingly addictive for me....
and as I read them, I see many members who are current or former clergy members (referring to anyone who is deemed a religious "leader" or "teacher",
including proselytizers/preachers, priests, pastors, etc.)
this morning I did a bit of research into what different seminaries teach, and how 'clergy' are trained, and I'm wondering where you all got your
'learning'. Who were your teachers? Did you go to seminary? If so, what sort (I know that every denomination has their own "seminaries", but I
don't know if any divinity or theological schools teach ALL religions, or if they all just drill their particular "sect" dogma into wannabe
For example, I was looking at Fuller Theological Seminary
- an Evangelical seminary.....
spent about an hour perusing their website, reading their mission statement, purpose, journal entries, class descriptions, curricula for various
degrees (very troubling that they have a Psychology major....eegads...)
and I thought I'd ask ATS.
If you are or were a preacher or religious leader of any kind, where did you get your training? Who trained you? Did you feel that you were getting
a biased education, or was it broad-based comparative education? Do you know much about other sects than your own (whether you are currently
proselytizing on ATS, or were ever proselytizing and stopped).
What was it like for you? Did you ever feel uncomfortable with what was expected of you as you entered the ministry? Was there anything you
Many students at various seminaries come away as unbelievers, and some of them continue on into leadership roles.
I have only a glancing knowledge of what goes on at those Theology colleges/schools....
and have occasionally thought to enroll in one just for study of comparative religions. I'd hope to join one that discredits all of the nonsense
that is religion, that starts with "Theology 101: The World Religions", but would not be interested in going to one that teaches only one specific
course or belief system.
Just wondering. How does higher education churn out preachers?
What are the requirements to be a leader? What happens if you break from the 'rules' and 'methods', or expose how your training actually moved you
away from belief.
The Clergy Project
has some personal stories online (only 23), and I could spend the next month or two reading
every single higher-ed clergy/missionary/preacher training website, but I thought I'd start here.
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