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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.

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Theological Education via Plato's Allegory of the Cave

In the books and articles on the aims and purposes of theological education, William Carl, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, finds administrators, professors, trustees, pastors and educational specialists all feeling their way toward some elusive but edifying truth about what Ed Farley calls Theologia.

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A Plentiful Harvest: The Fruits of Lilly-Sponsored Programs on Vocation

David Cunningham of Hope College observes here that "over the past ten years, the very word vocation has been excavated from its location among the ruins of medieval- and Reformation-era theological concepts and has been granted new meaning and new life.

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The End(s) of Theological Education: Reframing the Mission of Theological Schools

Michael Jinkins describes how theological education has been engaged in a self-critical conversation about its proper ends and appropriate means since at least the middle of the last century.

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Enhancing All The Religion News That's Fit To Print

Chronicling the efforts of a Lilly Endowment Religion Division initiative called "The Public Understanding of Religion," John M. Mulder notes how "church journalism" became "religion journalism" during the twentieth century and the challenge this has represented for religion journalists.

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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