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Hey yall! I am wondering about Grad School. I want to become a theology professor (probably of biblical and systematic theology), and I am trying to decide what Master/PhD program would be best. Current College GPA: 4.0. I am beginning to look into Harvard Divinity School and their theology program, but how does Harvard compare to, say, Yale or Duke, Princeton, Emory, Oxford, Cambridge, etc. I would identify as a more conservative evangelical Christian, and I realize that some of these schools are known to be theologically liberal, but that is not a concern for me as I am more interested in what they can offer in terms of academic rigor. Thanks for the help!
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I really wish you good luck! Though, it is impossible to understand why do you want to spend your life on useless fairytales about something that does not exist and has never existed.
Literature is way more than fairytales--but fairytales have value too. Literature, along with history and anthropology/archeology, tell the story of cultures and societies. Writers instill in their writing a sense of their own time and place. The Bible is not just a guidebook for belief and faith. It's a story of the history of the Jewish people and in particularity, one of God's interaction with his chosen people. It's cultural and historical. The knowledge we have of ancient times is found primarily through books of faith, philosophical writings, early fiction such as Homer's works, and the classical plays. Even archeological excavations of ancient sites have depended on written works to help them decide where to dig. Those digs reveal physical things that tell some of the story, but when combined with writings of the times, a much better picture of the culture begins to form. Writings and narratives that have come out of the Holocaust form a genre that is being explored now to give a better understanding of what happened to people themselves--it becomes personal and some of the stories are fictionalized. Religious conversion narratives of the Puritans, a part of the American canon, reveal how quickly English changed to an Americanized version of the language. Linguists study old writings to understand how language forms and changes. Even if we did not study literature for the value of all of these things, the art and beauty within the works are sufficient reason to study them.
BenLinus6, this isn't a post intended to have a debate about my faith and your apparent lack thereof, I came to this forum seeking advice, why does it matter to you anyway? Why be unnecessarily rude? What's the point? Just move on to the next forum, and let those who can offer advice do so.