Re: [asa] Luther Rice University Masters degrees (was: The image of God)

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Mon Oct 12 2009 - 09:35:55 EDT


You commented on your graduate studies at Luther Rice as follows:

*Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)

Since mine was more general, it has a little of all the above topics, instead of focusing on one topic.

Interesting note: one of my most interesting classes was called "Origins and worldviews." It had a sharp YEC bent. But one really interesting thing was half the course was about learning modern biology from a modern biology textbook, esp. regarding DNA and protein synthesis. Their reason was because the super complex processes and micromachines point to God as creator. There was no discussion at all about pseudogenes, however (I had to do that on my own). Also, Denton was portrayed as a evolution denier. I believe this is part of the dishonest tactics that YEC's practice, unless my instructor truly was ignorant that Denton accepts evolution (common descent) for the biological creation of man.


Ted now comments.

As your final sentence implies, you did not necessarily receive a quality education in theology (and/or other disciplines) -- although I would not want to extrapolate too much from your experience in a single course for obvious reasons. In general, however, I have reservations about the educational philosophy of schools (seminaries, colleges, and Bible colleges) that are self-consciously "fundamentalist" in attitude. I don't know enough about Luther Rice to have a strong opinion about whether it falls into that category (the little I do know is consistent with such a conclusion, but I know very little). Many institutions of this sort proscribe viewpoints that fall outside of quite narrow boundaries; faculty hiring, course syllabi, and curricula are scrutinized for their "orthodoxy" on a variety of "litmus test" criteria that often have little or nothing to do with Christian orthodoxy in the usual sense. At such a school, it can be unusual to encounter alien ideas and ind!
 ividuals in anything other than a highly negative light; it would be bad for alumni to be able to criticize the school for encouraging too much exploration. I doubt that students at such institutions get much in the way of an education in theology, beyond what passes for it in "fundamentalist" circles.

As I say, Bernie, I'm unable to apply this to Luther Rice with much confidence. Does the description above seem to fit, in your opinion? Or, is it a broader institution in attitude and approach than the generic picture painted above?


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