Seminaries: The Ministers of Tomorrow

"Piety is no substitute for learning," says Executive Secretary John P. Clelland of Philadelphia's Westminster Theological Seminary. "We think that the Christian religion is true and capable of intellectual defense." Most modern Protestant congregations, heavily salted with college-educated people, would agree—and wonder whether the supply of future ministers is able enough and numerous enough. The answer, gathered by TIME correspondents reporting on the country's major Protestant seminaries, is that there is plenty of quality enrolled there, but not enough quantity.

"Students who are interested in the ministry are among the ablest, most...

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