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The Aims & Purposes of Literature: Notes from the Field

After mapping in broad strokes the major contributions of studies on the "aims and purposes of theological education," Jack Fitzmier, vice president of academic affairs and dean at the Claremont School of Theology, spirals down from those utopian proposals for re-visioning theological education.

After mapping in broad strokes the major contributions of studies on the "aims and purposes of theological education," Jack Fitzmier, vice president of academic affairs and dean at the Claremont School of Theology, spirals down from those utopian proposals for re-visioning theological education to a bird's eye view of the "actual doing of theological education" today. In this investigation at the ground level, he focuses on four areas of concern about contemporary theological students — the problem of academic preparation; work, family and localism; spirituality and critical Christian theological thinking; and the triumph of functionalism.

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