Matthew R. Perry

Are CBF Seminaries Educational Failures?

In SBC on August 11, 2006 at 10:25 pm

The Baptist Press’ recent article, “SBC, CBF Seminaries Differ in Educational Approach,” (click the title to read the entire article — well worth your time!) shows the necessity of accountability. Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Seminary points out:

Unlike SBC seminaries, which are held accountable by the congregations of the Southern Baptist Convention, the CBF seminaries and divinity schools are accountable only to a donor base of nostalgic Baptist liberals. The schools have become a haunt for every liberal fad imaginable: pluralism, inclusivism, feminism, process theology, liberation theologies and so forth.”

What is more, it seems that though there are twice as many CBF institutions, SBC institutions graduate more than five times as many — and the SBC seminaries have over 11,000 students which numbers more than 9,000 of those in CBF seminaries.

Seminaries, Baptist studies programs and divinity schools supported by the CBF include:

–- Baptist House of Studies at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, N.C. (Methodist).

-– Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Lexington.

-– Baptist Studies Program of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (Christian Church).

-– Baptist Studies Program of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta (Methodist).

-– Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

-– Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas.

–- Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, N.C.

–- Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kan. (American Baptist Churches USA).

-– George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

-– International Baptist Theological Seminary of the European Baptist Federation in Prague, Czech Republic.

-– Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

-– McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta.

–- M. Christopher White Divinity School at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

–- Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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  1. I would think that Truett is a good school with the likes of David Garland and Dennis Tucker. I had Dr. Garland when he taught at SBTS and he was wonderful. I had classes with Dennis and alway thought he was pretty sharp.

  2. Rick:

    I never took Dr. Garland or Tucker while I was at Southern, but I heard good things. It’s just disturbing when these institutions aligned themselves with the CBF that holds to so many liberal views.

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