POVERTY AND OPPRESSED
CONTEXT: A PHILIPPINE
In February 2005, the author interviewed 27 theological educators from three different Protestant-Evangelical seminaries in the Philippines regarding the role of theological education in addressing the problem of poverty and oppression. Partial but important conclusions appear in this short article. The first section of this article speaks about the present situation of theological education in the Philippines as perceived by theological educators. The second section speaks about the necessary recommendation to amend the present conditions.
Present Perceived Conditions of Theological
Education in the Philippines
The perceived purpose of theological education to be contextually relevant does not match up with the disciplines in which their graduates excel.
Theological educators believe that theological education exists to serve their churches and their denominations through equipping future church leaders for contextually relevant church ministries. A few of them also pointed out that one of the purposes is to develop church workers who would become catalysts for social transformation. However, a majority of these theological educators also believed that their graduates excel primarily in the area of Biblical scholarship. Biblical scholarship, according to the understanding of these theological educators, refers to competency in Biblical languages, translation from the original language to English, Biblical exegesis, and systematic theology. Scholarship is perceived as simply engagement of the Biblical texts, theological literature and reformulation of theological confessions that adhere to denominational confessions. Consequently, Biblical studies ignore the social realities of the church with which the Bible is supposed to engage. Ministry to the poor and oppressed was rarely perceived as a discipline where their graduates excel.... [continues]
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