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6.11.2016

What should be taught in seminaries

The core of what should be taught in seminaries is threefold:

1. The Bible and biblical doctrine

2. Worldview analysis

3. The biblical psychology of the good householder who is a regenerated - though still able to sin - new man (as opposed to the common, well-known psychology of everyday sub-normal fallen man). This subject includes both knowledge and practice and could be called spiritual mindedness and godliness, in the conforming to Christ sense.

All of these core teachings should be driven down to the elemental basics, then driven further down to the experiential level.

The sources of this threefold core teaching should be (1) the pure and whole word of God and sound doctrinal teaching based within the Puritan school; (2) the best worldview writing available from the more popular, general audience level to the foundational philosophical level (Naugle's Worldview: The History of a Concept; Sire's The Universe Next Door; and Pearcey's Finding Truth being a good trinity); (3) Ouspensky's Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution and Fourth Way for at least the start of a basic, practical language of this esoteric subject that is unknown to academia and ignored by theologians despite being taught and commanded throughout the New Testament. [The Ouspensky books will look to the uninitiated and the generally ignorant of such things as no better than any other 'new age' glop, but to the initiated and ones who know the general field they will be recognized as a very sophisticated language of inner development, Christian in foundation (if not language or even intent), and at least bordering upon if not wholly - a bold statement - a language of the Holy Spirit Himself; though needing discernment from the Holy Spirit to separate out inevitable chaff from the wheat...it is not Scripture and not meant to be; and generally speaking it is method, not dogma.]

These three core areas deal with the threefold battle with the Devil, the world, and the flesh (or, our fallen nature).

This would be a real education, especially if the students entered the seminary with a balanced development of intellect, emotion, and physical ability, based on engagement with higher influences in the categories of imaginative literature, history, philosophy, art, music, science, and sacred writings; with athletics and performing arts for physical development.

1 Comments:

Blogger c.t. said...

Note: the word 'evolution' in one of the titles above does not refer to Darwinian biological, or mechanical evolution. Ouspensky, at the turn of the 20th century, was an early and knowledgeable critic of Darwin's theory.

September 8, 2016 at 1:19 PM  

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