Andover-Newton Theological School, founded in 1807, is closing its Boston campus and moving, due to rapidly shrinking enrollment. The new president's adultery, revealed just before his installation in 2014, did not help matters.
Andover-Newton is considered the canary in the coalmine of mainline seminaries. Like Colgate-Rochester-Crozier--where Walter Rauschenbusch and Martin Luther King studied at its component parts--the endowment funds have helped delay the final stages of decomposition.
Those who love Universal Objective Justification will grieve that the historic birthplace of Double Justification, Objective and Subjective, will be turned into something more memorable, like a gourmet food mall or a quaint collection of libraries where the homeless can sleep and bathe.
Biographical details of Woods:
His son, Leonard, scholar, born in Newbury, Massachusetts, 24 November, 1807; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 24 December, 1878, was graduated at Union college in 1827 and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1830. In 1831-'3 he was resident graduate scholar at Andover, and in 1833 he was licensed to preach. His private pupil, Richard Henry Dana, says of him: " At the age of twenty-four years he had been the first scholar in the Phillips academy, the first in every branch at Union, had been graduated at the Theological seminary the acknowledged foremost man of his period, and had published a translation of Knapp's Christian Theology, enriched with a long and fully thought-out preface, with original notes showing profound scholarship. He was assisting Professor Stuart in his commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, ' and aiding Professor Robinson in editing the ' Biblical Repository, ' then the most scholastic periodical in America, and was assistant instructor of Hebrew in the seminary." He edited the " Literary and Theological Review" in New York city in 18"34-'7, and although that periodical was the organ of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches, he directly opposed the opinions of many of its supporters, objecting to the proposals of temperance and anti-slavery societies and popular revivalists, and to the German Reformation, and defending the few and simple conditions of admission into the Anglican communion, as compared with the minute requirements of doctrine in his own church. He was professor of sacred literature in Bangor theological seminary in 1836-'9, and from 1839 till 1866 president of Bowdoin.Although Andover was a Calvinist seminary founded as conservatives fled the horrors of Unitarian Harvard, Andover has ended in the same far Left spectrum of mainline dysmorphia.
Just as UOJ Halle lecturer Knapp denied the Biblical foundation of the Holy Trinity, so does the Calvinist seminary home of Knapp's translator deny the Holy Trinity altogether.
- The American Baptists are the ELCA wing of Anabaptists.
- The United Church of Christ is pan-religious.
- The Unitarian Universalist organization is openly atheistic.
ELCA Seminaries Crumpling Under the Weight of Declining Enrollment and Soaring Costs
- Southern Seminary (ELCA) is rejoicing about its new location at an ELCA college.
- The Berkeley ELCA seminary is joining the chorus.
- Gettysburg and Philadelphia, 100 miles apart (for Mequon grads) will merge.
- The Chicago campus is dwindling, overbuilt from the start.
- Columbus - Trinity - is also feeling the pain.
- Luther Seminary is selling two parcels of land as part of its "long-term development plans." Uh-huh.
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