When I talk with seminary or divinity school students, Iâ€™m impressed. They seem to know why theyâ€™re in seminary and what they believe. I enrolled in seminary in order to figure out what I believed. Yes, Iâ€™d grown up attending worship, Sunday school, youth fellowship and summer camp, and I was impressed with many of the ministers I met along the way. But Iâ€™d never given much thought to the content of the faith.
The first indication that there was something in religion that was worth thinking about came in a required college religion course taught by Charlie Spotts, a crusty old Evangelical and Reformed Church minister. Spotts had a reputation for pulling the rug out from under freshmen by introducing them to critical thinking about the Bible.