Knox Theological Seminary
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Knox Theological Seminary was founded in 1989 by Dr. D. James Kennedy under the guidance of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. It is the fulfillment of their vision - to rekindle a reformation in our own time and take the transforming truth of Jesus Christ to the world.
HISTORY – Knox Theological Seminary was founded in 1989 by Dr. D. James Kennedy under the guidance of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. It is the fulfillment of their vision - to rekindle a reformation in our own time and take the transforming truth of Jesus Christ to the world.
AFFILIATION – Knox Theological Seminary is an independent evangelical seminary, within the reformed tradition, and home to students from a broad range of denominational backgrounds.
ACCREDITATION – Knox Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103; telephone number (412–788–6505). The Board of Commissioners is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of schools that offer graduate professional education for ministry. It is also recognized by the current non-governmental organization in the United States that provides the venue for recognition of accrediting bodies, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Many schools boast a Bible curriculum but accreditation from a nationally recognized accrediting agency such as the ATS Commission provides students and graduates with a host of advantages, including professional recognition among peers and convenient transfer of credits between accredited schools. In many cases, accreditation is a requirement for various jobs, such as military chaplaincy and, in many denominations, ordination. It is a great advantage for Knox graduates to know that the degree that they have earned is an approved degree from an ATS Commission accredited school. For more information about the ATS and the ATS Commission on Accrediting, visit ATS - The Association of Theological Schools & The Commission on Accrediting.
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Over forty years ago, my life was changed forever when the Holy Spirit granted me faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I had the privilege to study under several men who taught me the life-changing truths of biblical Christianity. But as I began my ministry, I soon recognized that not everyone has been so blessed. In response to the need for more educated, articulate and committed believers, I helped found Ligonier Ministries.
Since the beginning, our primary service to the church was to bridge the gap between Sunday school and seminary. Our commitment over the decades has never changed: to faithfully present theunvarnished truth of Scripture and help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.
On this site you have access to more than 5000 resources to help you puruse that knowledge. Most of our resources are offered on popular media such as DVD, CD, and MP3. We also guide the growing Christian or the inquiring skeptic to the best books on many subjects. I encourage you to take look around. Whether it's listening to a sermon series, planning to attend a conference, or even enrolling in one of the new Certificate Program courses through Ligonier Academy, we hope you'll find something to enrich your growth in Christ.
May God bless you as you seek to be faithful to His Word. Welcome!
Dr. R.C. Sproul
Founder & Chairman
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The purpose of Covenant Theological Seminary is to glorify the triune God by training his servants to walk in God's grace, minister God's Word, and equip God's people--all for God's mission.
These words summarize well what we do at Covenant Seminary: We are all about training pastors and those who serve beside them for fruitful and effective ministry to Christ’s church. And yet, good as it is, our mission statement alone cannot convey the full depth of what our mission involves. Every aspect of what we do here is governed by:
- Our understanding of the Scriptures as the Word of God.
- Our perception of God’s grace at work in our lives.
- Our deep commitment to a relational approach to ministry preparation that provides more than a merely academic education.
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"In All Things Christ Preeminent"Founded in 1955, Covenant College is a Christian liberal arts college that exists to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things.
Christian Liberal Arts in the Reformed Tradition
We are a community committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and everything we do is grounded in our Reformed theology and worldview.
At Covenant, we seek to inspire and equip our students to be faithful stewards of their God-given abilities - all of our programs are designed with this in mind.
Learning and Living in Christian Community
Our nationally-ranked academic program will challenge you, but you'll be confident knowing that you have the necessary resources at hand to help you along the way. Our accomplished faculty will become your teachers, mentors, and friends.
Our student life program is known for its focus on residence hallidentities, personal development, and relationship building. It's a dynamic community where each student's gifts are celebrated and encouraged.
You can get a glimpse into the Covenant community by:
But the best way to experience Covenant is to visit us
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, and get a first-hand taste of what the Covenant approach to a Christian liberal arts education is really all about.
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is committed to training powerful, articulate proclaimers of the Good News of Salvation revealed in God's Word as understood through the historic Reformed faith. If you are considering Greenville Seminary for your theological education, you are likely someone who highly values the commitment which we share to the timeless truths of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrines of faith and life which the Protestant Reformation rediscovered and systematized from God's Word.
The landscape of theological education across America and all of Christendom is broad and highly varied. Sadly, the vast majority of seminaries have lost sight of the foundational truths revealed in God's Holy Word and, in the face of Scripture's clear warnings, have followed after false doctrines, abandoning the faith "once for all delivered to the saints." Some who give lip service to orthodoxy are prone to flirt with provocative but questionable new perspectives; some who make no pretense toward orthodoxy proudly embrace the most despicable heresies. Many, in the spirit of the age, have lost sight of the importance of common doctrine and opt for "cutting-edge" theological innovation or a sentimental, contentless religion.
As one liberal theologian tragically put it: "Seminary also introduced me to the historical study of Jesus and Christian origins. I learned from my professors and the readings they assigned that Jesus almost certainly was not born of a virgin, did not think of himself as the Son of God, and did not see his purpose as dying for the sins of the world…. I also found the claim that Jesus and Christianity were the only way of salvation to be troublesome." (Dr. Marcus Borg)
By contrast, Greenville Seminary numbers itself among a tiny handful of conservative theological institutions absolutely committed to the inerrant Word of God and the distinctive tenets of Christian truth derived from it ─ distinctives so eloquently set forth in the confessional standards of the historic Reformed Faith.
Our unswerving devotion to these principles make our theological education unique:
- The Authority of Scripture ─ GPTS recognizes the absolute sovereignty of God and the authority of His decrees. It is therefore unequivocally committed to the inerrancy of Scripture as its foundational theological principle. The broad evangelicalism that often arises within Reformed churches points to a failure of her leaders to grasp fully the implications of this fundamental doctrine. At GPTS we seek to work out this great doctrine in every area of our instruction.
- Doctrinal Integrity ─ It is our conviction that the modern Church must preserve orthodoxy by returning to full subscription to biblical truths as set forth in the Westminster Standards, and that ministers and elders must uphold their ordination vows of full subscription. It is with this in mind that GPTS teaches the Biblical faith as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms of the English/Scottish Reformation. We also recognize the validity and importance of other Reformed standards such as the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of Dort, the so-called "Three Forms of Unity" of the continental Calvinist Reformation.
- The Original Languages of Scripture ─ GPTS emphasizes the importance of the original languages in which Scripture was written and keeps the student in these languages throughout their theological education. We believe this will be a blessing to the Church as men enter the pulpit with the authority that comes from having dealt with the text of the original divine revelation as expressed by the holy writers of Scripture.
- The Preservation of our Christian Heritage ─ The Greenville Seminary curriculum emphasizes both the history of the Church and the theological development of the Church. We do this because Christianity is based upon historical facts and the proper interpretation of those facts.
- Christ-centered-heart Preaching ─ Because the preaching of the Word is the God-ordained means for the spread of the Gospel, the priority of preaching is one of the main thrusts of a GPTS education. We believe that one of the great needs of the modern Church is strong preaching accompanied by humility of spirit and sincerity of heart.
- A Classical Curriculum ─ Our "Foundations" year curriculum, in addition to Introduction to Reformed Theology, and the beginning Greek and Hebrew courses, includes Logic, Rhetoric, and the History of Philosophy. These courses enable men to profit more fully from the remainder of our curriculum. They also train our students to be more careful thinkers and articulate speakers.
- Accountability to the Church ─ We are committed to ecclesiastical accountability and therefore enter into support and oversight agreements with church sessions and presbyteries that are in agreement with our mission. In light of this commitment, we seek our accreditation from ecclesiastical bodies.
- Affordable Tuition ─ Students shouldn't leave seminary with a mountain of debt. Therefore, our tuition is one half to a third less than other historically Presbyterian seminaries. Moreover, students who come from GPTS-supporting churches or Presbyteries often have their tuition waived. Tuition currently costs $150 per credit hour. This makes the full cost of our 4-year Master of Divinity degree (124 credit hours) to be $18,600. This is only a fraction of the cost of comparable seminaries in North America. Our tuition is kept low because 70 percent of our operating costs are paid by sponsoring churches and individual donors.
For a more detailed discussion of these points, visit our Academic Distinctives
page. If you share these insights and commitments, we welcome you to further explore Greenville Seminary to advance your training for service in God's Kingdom. We recognize that web sites and brochures can only provide a snapshot of the fuller character of an education at Greenville Seminary. To learn more, contact us
with your specific questions. We would also be delighted to arrange a visit to our distinguished campus facilities in Taylors, South Carolina, where you will have an opportunity to personally meet with our president, faculty and staff and become familiar with the beauties and Southern hospitality of our community and state.
King's Meadow - George Grant
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What do we mean by humanities?
Humanities is a study of world culture emphasizing the basic classical scholastic approach of moral philosophy-thus equipping students with the tools for a lifetime of learning: a working knowledge of the timetables of history, a background understanding of the great literature classics, a familiarity with the sweep of art, music, and ideas, a worldview comprehension of basic geography, a principle approach to discerning the significance of current events, and an emphasis on a Christian life paradigm. The idea is to study human achievement in context both in terms of its historical and societal sequence and in terms of its providential and cultural importance. Out of this integrated understanding of God's world every other subject and discipline is formed.
Below is a brief description of each section.
Focuses primarily on the 19th and 20th century, but with roots extending into the early Enlightenment.
Focuses on Western Civilization and Church History stretching from the advent of Christianity through Medievalism and to the Reformation, Renaissance, and Enlightenment.
1st Semester - September 1, 2010
2nd Semester - December 13, 2010
Focuses on all the great civilizations from the dawn of time to the fall of Rome.
Coming summer of 2012
Focuses on the Age of Exploration and Colonization to the advent of Modernity.
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The purpose of RTS is to serve the church in all branches of evangelical Christianity, especially the Presbyterian and Reformed family, by preparing its leaders, with a priority on pastors, and including missionaries, educators, counselors, and others through a program of theological education on the graduate level, based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Bible, and committed to the Reformed faith as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as accepted by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America as its standard of doctrine at its first General Assembly in 1789. This program shall be characterized by biblical fidelity, confessional integrity, and academic excellence, and committed to the promotion of the spiritual growth of the students. The breadth of this ministry will include multiple campuses and extensions as led by the Lord.
Mission (who we are)
The mission of Reformed Theological Seminary is to serve the Church by preparing its leaders, through a program of graduate theological education, based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, and committed to the Reformed Faith.
Vision (what we do)
Reformed Theological Seminary exists to glorify the Triune God and to serve His Church in all branches of evangelical Christianity, especially Presbyterian and Reformed churches, by providing Reformed graduate theological education that is globally accessible. RTS equips its students for ministry, primarily through pastoral training, to be servant leaders marked by "A Mind for Truth, A Heart for God.”
Core Values (how we do it)
RTS submits to the authority of the sixty-six books of the Bible and is committed to a perceptive application of the Bible to all of life. This primary commitment of biblical integrity and its derivative world view informs every part of our training program and the development of our students for ministry. RTS faculty understand and teach biblical truth from a Reformed perspective as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
RTS seeks to foster spiritual growth among our students, faculty, and staff, our communities, and in our constituent churches. We endeavor to provide holistic preparation for church leadership. The priority for leadership development at RTS is pastoral training. In addition, RTS provides training for missionaries, educators, counselors, and other ministries for which the church may find need.
Faithfulness in All Things
RTS strives to be faithful to God in all we do by bringing forth our best effort to the glory of God in all areas of campus life: academic programs, spiritual development of our students, and the professional development of faculty and staff – as well as in our administrative organization, institutional relationships, and communications.
RTS equips leaders to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the whole world in the power of the Holy Spirit in order to proclaim that salvation is only by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone, and in order to disciple the nations into maturity in Christ. Our goal is that the world may worship the true God, serving him everywhere in His creation, and that the nations may enjoy His presence and restoration. In fulfilling our Missional Commitment, RTS rejoices in cooperating with multiple denominations and organizationally diverse ministries who share in the vision of advancing the Kingdom of God, and who celebrate the diversity of culture, language, and ethnicity.