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    Just wanted to get your thoughts (whether good or bad) about Andersonville Theological Seminary...I completed my Associate from there and now seeking my Bach.

    I know that one can argue the "whole accredidation/non-accredication" issue but my goal is to educate myself in Scripture. And I find myself just doing that (even thought I might not agree with all the professors say/teach). But I do thing the Institution is very Biblical sound. And others might find their classes simple, but I do not as I find myself actually doing much research. I also am a firm believer that God will reveal Himself through Scripture, and what He would want one to know.

    I am a Bi-Vocational Pastor (Southern Baptist with a Penticostal up-brining), with my secular position being in the legal field (Criminal). So at this time, I am not seeking a "big" church, even though it's not my choosing, but God's (O'course).

    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    And God Bless You All While You Continue In Your Walk With Him.

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    What are you really looking to hear from people? If you are already attending there, why do you care what others have to say, good or bad? That just seems masochistic to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyEvenBother View Post
    What are you really looking to hear from people? If you are already attending there, why do you care what others have to say, good or bad? That just seems masochistic to me.
    WOW...What a response! For one, I thought my question was very simple, "Just wanted to get your thoughts (whether good or bad) about Andersonville Theological Seminary"...and second, I DO CARE or I wouldn't asked the question.

    Since we are using BIG WORDS like, "masochistic" to describe your feelings about such thoughts, then I can only assume (but then again I sure that is masochistic too) you wouldn't be interested in giving your thoughts, good or bad, concerning Andersonville Theological Seminary...In Christ Love

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    You're new here, so you haven't seen how this plays out, yet. Or maybe, you're not new, but, at any rate.

    Someone new comes on and starts a thread about whatever school/seminary/group they are affiliated with. "I'd like your thoughts about..." blah blah. Then, they proceed to get their feelings hurt and get into debate and argument about everyone's opinion that doesn't agree with their own.

    Obviously you DO care what people think, but you'll note that wasn't MY question. *I* asked "why" do you care what people think about your school? If they like it and agree with you, you'll feel good about your choice. If they DON'T like it and disagree with your decision to go there, you'll get all defensive and show them where they are wrong.

    It just seems totally unproductive to me. I have no opinion of your school. Never heard of it. But if it's where God has led you, then whatEVER I think of the place is totally meaningless.

    Welcome to the forum. Don't be too thin-skinned. You'll never survive otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pastor Timothy View Post
    Just wanted to get your thoughts (whether good or bad) about Andersonville Theological Seminary...I completed my Associate from there and now seeking my Bach.

    I know that one can argue the "whole accredidation/non-accredication" issue but my goal is to educate myself in Scripture. And I find myself just doing that (even thought I might not agree with all the professors say/teach). But I do thing the Institution is very Biblical sound. And others might find their classes simple, but I do not as I find myself actually doing much research. I also am a firm believer that God will reveal Himself through Scripture, and what He would want one to know.

    I am a Bi-Vocational Pastor (Southern Baptist with a Penticostal up-brining), with my secular position being in the legal field (Criminal). So at this time, I am not seeking a "big" church, even though it's not my choosing, but God's (O'course).

    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    And God Bless You All While You Continue In Your Walk With Him.
    Lot to say about this school...

    First, I don't see it in the doctrinal statement, but a required course is about the KJV. What!?!?

    Second, it sounds like you already have a decent liberal arts education, so this won't affect you so much. But they don't really offer a good liberal arts foundation for the bachelors level. It is all Bible and theology classes. Someone without the basics in the bachelors degree is going to be missing a LOT when it comes to further study (and basic critical thinking skills).

    Third, I don't know much about their faculty, but they are also not advertising on the website (that I can find). Not a good sign to me.

    Fourth, the Bible classes seem to be too focused yet without them being Greek & Hebrew exegesis classes. I think they might be placing too much of an emphasis on the English Bible. With their emphasis on all their survey Bible book courses, it seems like they could offer some exegesis classes as well. This is the case with the masters level as well (even their so called MDiv in Bib languages where you only learn grammar and not exegesis in a book!!!).

    Fifth, as you said, there is a the matter of accreditation to deal with. TRACS is ok, but it is not the best.

    Sixth is the school's reputation. This I can't speak on too much, though I've not heard great things about it. But this is very subjective and not necessarily a way to tell about the quality of education that will be received.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyEvenBother View Post
    You're new here, so you haven't seen how this plays out, yet. Or maybe, you're not new, but, at any rate.

    Someone new comes on and starts a thread about whatever school/seminary/group they are affiliated with. "I'd like your thoughts about..." blah blah. Then, they proceed to get their feelings hurt and get into debate and argument about everyone's opinion that doesn't agree with their own.

    Obviously you DO care what people think, but you'll note that wasn't MY question. *I* asked "why" do you care what people think about your school? If they like it and agree with you, you'll feel good about your choice. If they DON'T like it and disagree with your decision to go there, you'll get all defensive and show them where they are wrong.

    It just seems totally unproductive to me. I have no opinion of your school. Never heard of it. But if it's where God has led you, then whatEVER I think of the place is totally meaningless.

    Welcome to the forum. Don't be too thin-skinned. You'll never survive otherwise.
    Amen & amen!!!
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    Bibliology: I like the ISV & ESV; inerrantist; ipsissima vox; Sturzian textual critic
    Soteriology: 5 point Calvinist; supralapsarian
    Ecclesiology: reformed SBC; plurality & equality of elders; elder led
    Eschatology: Amillennial; partial-preterist

    "To fail in our fidelity to Scripture is to fail completely in our witness to the world." - Dr. David Alan Black: Seven Who Changed the World

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    Oh, believe me it will take a whole lot more they your response breaking through any thin skin I might/might not have. And I there is not a whole lot that one can say that DOES hurt any feelings I might have (o'course when you hurt a love one, my love for my country (even thought I don't like the way we as a coutry are going (and this is a total different thread), or trying to argue my devotion to Christ Jesus).

    But all I want is other's opinions...nothing more and nothing less.

    And I can assure you I WILL LAST around here for a LONG TIME

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pastor Timothy View Post
    Oh, believe me it will take a whole lot more they your response breaking through any thin skin I might/might not have. And I there is not a whole lot that one can say that DOES hurt any feelings I might have (o'course when you hurt a love one, my love for my country (even thought I don't like the way we as a coutry are going (and this is a total different thread), or trying to argue my devotion to Christ Jesus).

    But all I want is other's opinions...nothing more and nothing less.

    And I can assure you I WILL LAST around here for a LONG TIME
    Okay, here's one opinion: It's obvious that proper grammar and spelling is not emphasized in the associates degree at your school. Have a day, dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timotheos View Post
    Lot to say about this school...

    First, I don't see it in the doctrinal statement, but a required course is about the KJV. What!?!?

    Second, it sounds like you already have a decent liberal arts education, so this won't affect you so much. But they don't really offer a good liberal arts foundation for the bachelors level. It is all Bible and theology classes. Someone without the basics in the bachelors degree is going to be missing a LOT when it comes to further study (and basic critical thinking skills).

    Third, I don't know much about their faculty, but they are also not advertising on the website (that I can find). Not a good sign to me.

    Fourth, the Bible classes seem to be too focused yet without them being Greek & Hebrew exegesis classes. I think they might be placing too much of an emphasis on the English Bible. With their emphasis on all their survey Bible book courses, it seems like they could offer some exegesis classes as well. This is the case with the masters level as well (even their so called MDiv in Bib languages where you only learn grammar and not exegesis in a book!!!).

    Fifth, as you said, there is a the matter of accreditation to deal with. TRACS is ok, but it is not the best.

    Sixth is the school's reputation. This I can't speak on too much, though I've not heard great things about it. But this is very subjective and not necessarily a way to tell about the quality of education that will be received.
    Thank you for your response to my question(s) and I truly agree with you concerning the exegesis classes. And believe me, even though KJO Bible class is a requirement, I am not totally sold on this (don't ge me wrong, I have no problem with the KJ). And as I said earlier, I do have to do a lot of research to complete such classes and Strong's has been a valuable accest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyEvenBother View Post
    Okay, here's one opinion: It's obvious that proper grammar and spelling is not emphasized in the associates degree at your school. Have a day, dude.
    No DUDE, it's not. It's cause I'm responding using an I-phone (which isn't a very fast or smart way to publish such). But thank you for your observation.

 

 

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