Religion: Theologians Wanted

What's wrong with U.S. theological seminaries and divinity schools? Plenty, charges Hartford Seminary Foundation's Peter Berger, 33, a Lutheran sociologist whose vivid attacks (The Precarious Vision, The Noise of Solemn Assemblies) on the organizational church are fast earning him a reputation as a kind of Connecticut Kierkegaard. Writing in the July issue of Theology Today, Berger argues that the seminaries have become so concerned with trying to provide for the short-term institutional needs of the church that they are in danger of forgetting what a Protestant minister really ought to be: first and...

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