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Samuel Carnegie Calian, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, recently contributed a provocative study to the growing body of literature devoted to the renewal of theological education. In The Ideal Seminary Calian analyzes a broad range of contemporary cultural, institutional, programmatic, and spiritual challenges that theological schools must meet if they are to prepare leaders who will become change agents for congregations desperately needing revitalization. Calian is most arresting when he envisions “the essential characteristics of an ideal seminary.” While they vary greatly in scope these characteristics presuppose a hospitable faith and learning environment.
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