- Is there a close correlation between quality theological education and character building?
- The better the quality of theological education, will this translate to better spiritual formation and character building?
Alex subsequently picked up these questions and did some reflections on the correlation between quality theological education and character building. Read the rest of his post, "Does quality theological education produces character?"
I think Alex is right on target in his reasoning. I do agree that theological education is not merely about impartation of knowledge for the sake of knowledge or simply an exercise in intellectual stimulation. The GPA is not everything - as jokingly suggested by someone in the seminary chapel recently that those who get straight As might not make good pastors while those C students turn out to be the best pastors (so, am I a good pastor? hmmmm..).
I guess what is crucial is holistic training - and this raises another question: what constitutes holistic training within a community of believers?
Ultimately, how can we hold the two - excellence in scholarship and christian formation - in balanced tension? Or can we?