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A Brief History of Baptist Ministerial Education

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment

by James M. Renihan, Ph.D.

In 1662, circumstances were bleak in the English churches. Charles II had been restored to his father’s throne two years before, and was enacting legislation intended to force men who could not submit to its conscience-breaking demands out of every possible position of influence. Dissent from the Church of England was a punishable offence, and many were subject to cruel injustices for conscience sake. Among the many stipulations was this: in order to attend one of the great Universities, one must submit to the royal prerogatives and participate in the life of the Established Church. Since future ministers received their education at Oxford and/or Cambridge, this meant that an educated ministry was now very difficult for Dissenters to obtain.

 

 

 

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Concerning those who are educated while living in Dormitories

[on Spurgeon’s college not having residential accommodations] The residence of a number of young men in one house encourages and necessarily generates levity; their separation from common social life is a serious injury, and tends to unfit them for the wear and tear of future work among ordinary mortals. When a young man resides in a Christian family, not only is he under the most vigilant oversight, but he never ceases to be one of the people.

C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.115