Precarious institutions

Wilbert Webster White, founder of New York Theological Seminary, once wrote that by 1900 he had become “clearly convinced that a reform was needed in theological education amounting practically to a revolution.” More than a century later, Daniel Aleshire is still convinced that reform is needed in theological education—reform amounting if not to a revolution, then at least to significant change. Aleshire contends that in many respects we are coming to the end of the world as we know it. The change in North American society is “deep, pervasive, and marks a turn away from the way things have been,” he writes in Earthen Vessels. “Theological schools will need to adapt, but change is precarious business.”


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