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Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate educational institution with campuses located in Glenside, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia), and Dallas, Texas, and programs of study in New York City, and London. In 1982, the California branch of Westminster became an independent institution, Westminster Seminary California. Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... -1... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... Glenside is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Westminster Seminary California is a Reformed Christian graduate educational institution located 25 miles north of San Diego, California in Escondido. ...

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History

Peter Lilliback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary
Peter Lilliback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary

The seminary was formed in 1929, largely under the leadership and funding of J. Gresham Machen, with the vision of continuing the theological tradition of Princeton Theological Seminary, from which the Westminster founders felt Princeton was departing. Though independent, it has long had a close relationship with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which Machen founded in 1936. The first president of the seminary was Edmund Clowney, who served from 1966 until 1984. He was followed by George Fuller and Samuel T. Logan. The current president is Peter Lillback. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 563 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1704 pixel, file size: 241 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 563 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1704 pixel, file size: 241 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... A seminary or theological college is a specialized and often live-in higher education institution for the purpose of instructing students (seminarians) in philosophy, theology, spirituality and the religious life, usually in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | 1881 births | 1937 deaths | American theologians | Christian fundamentalism | Presbyterianism | Reformed theologians ... Theology finds its scholars pursuing the understanding of and providing reasoned discourse of religion, spirituality and God or the gods. ... The steeple of Alexander Hall Princeton Theological Seminary is a theological seminary located in the Borough of Princeton, New Jersey in the United States. ... Along with Westminster Theological Seminary, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) was founded by conservative Presbyterians who revolted against the modernist theology within the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) during the 1930s. ... Edmund Clowney Edmund Prosper Clowney (July 30, 1917 – March 20, 2005) was a theologian, educator, and pastor. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...


The seminary was accredited in 1986 by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada[1] and received "specialized accreditation" in 1954 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] Accreditation is a process by which a facilitys services and operations are examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable standards are met. ... The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is an organization of seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. ... The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer based, non-profit association dedicated to the educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. ...


Academics

Pastoral training is the primary focus of the Seminary, and the seminary has historically prized its stringent academic standards, requiring that students who do not arrive with ability in biblical Greek and Hebrew spend a year on each language. Students are required to master a wide range of topics in not only theology and biblical studies, but also history, philosophy, and sociology. This article describes the Biblical dialects of Hebrew. ... Theology finds its scholars pursuing the understanding of and providing reasoned discourse of religion, spirituality and God or the gods. ... Biblical studies is the academic study of the Judeo-Christian Bible and related texts. ... The title page to The Historians History of the World. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Sociology (from Latin: socius, companion; and the suffix -ology, the study of, from Greek λόγος, lógos, knowledge) is an academic and applied discipline that studies society and human social interaction. ...


All trustees and faculty members are required to affirm their agreement with the theological perspective presented in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, the core doctrine of all conservative Presbyterian churches. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith, in the Calvinist theological tradition. ... The Westminster Larger Catechism along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism is the catechism of Presbyterians througout the World. ... The Westminster Shorter Catechism (also known simply as the Shorter Catechism, hereinafter referred to as the WSC) was written in the 1640s by English and Scottish divines. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... It has been suggested that Ecclesia (Church) be merged into this article or section. ...


Distinctives of the seminary include a commitment to presuppositional apologetics[3] as developed pre-eminently by Cornelius Van Til, the biblical-theological approach of Geerhardus Vos, redemptive-historical preaching as taught and practiced by Edmund Clowney and Tim Keller, and urban mission. Presuppositional apologetics is a school of Christian apologetics, a field of Christian theology that aims to (1) present a rational basis for the Christian faith, (2) defend the faith against objections, and (3) expose the perceived flaws of other worldviews. ... Cornelius Van Til Cornelius Van Til (May 4, 1895 - April 17, 1987), born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist. ... Biblical Theology is a discipline within Christian theology which studies the Bible from the perspective of understanding the progressive history of God revealing himself to Man following the Fall and throughout the Old Testament and New Testament. ... Geerhardus Vos (March 14, 1862 - August 13, 1949), the Father of Reformed Biblical Theology, was one of the best-known American theologians of the late-19th- and early-20th-centuries, and one of the most distinguished representatives of the Princeton Theology. ... Edmund Clowney Edmund Prosper Clowney (July 30, 1917 – March 20, 2005) was a theologian, educator, and pastor. ... Timothy J. Keller (b. ...


Westminster’s approach to counseling was developed in cooperation with the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF),[4] located near the Westminster campus. The seminary's biblical counseling classes are taught by CCEF faculty.


Westminster has a worldwide reputation,[citation needed] drawing roughly a third of its student body from Korea, with numerous other countries of Asia, Europe and Africa well represented. Korea (Korean: 한국 in South Korea or 조선 in North Korea, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


The seminary currently offers Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Ministry degrees.[5] Master of Divinity is a common degree among theological seminaries and is considered the minimum academic requirement for ordination into pastoral ministry. ... A Master of Arts is a postgraduate academic masters degree awarded by universities in North America and the United Kingdom (excluding the ancient universities of Scotland and Oxbridge. ... A Masters degree which is typically earned after one has already completed a Master of Divinity or a Master of Theological Studies. ... Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated Ph. ... The Doctor of Ministry degree is a professional doctorate in some area of applied theology, such as missions, evangelism, church growth, homiletics, or spiritual formation. ...


Westminster publishes the semi-annual Westminster Theological Journal. Westminster Theological Journal is the theological journal published by Westminster Theological Seminary. ...


Cultural engagement

In October 2006, the seminary launched the "Gospel and Culture Project," a center dedicated to promoting cultural transformation through the gospel from the perspective of the Reformed worldview. In May 2006, the seminary launched TheTruthAboutDaVinci.com, a website with content screened by its faculty to confront what it considers inaccurate information in Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. The seminary has promoted this website with a full-page advertisements in USA Today and several faith-based publications. The website has received praise and criticism.[6] Worldview is Chicago Public Radios daily international-affairs radio show, hosted by Jerome McDonnell. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the controversial 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. ... This article is about the novel. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


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Notable faculty

Jay E. Adams is a reformed Christian author who received his doctorate in preaching but is most known for his book Competent to Counsel in which he states that any Christian is more competent to counsel than any secular psychologist. ... Oswald T. Allis, Ph. ... Edmund Clowney Edmund Prosper Clowney (July 30, 1917 – March 20, 2005) was a theologian, educator, and pastor. ... Sinclair Ferguson Sinclair Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. ... John Frame Dr. John M. Frame (born 1939) is an American philosopher and a Calvinist theologian especially noted for his work in epistemology and presuppositional apologetics, systematic theology, and ethics. ... Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. ... James Alan Groves (December 17, 1952 – February 5, 2007) was a Hebrew Bible scholar, theologian, educator, and pastor. ... Darryl G. Hart is Director of Academic Projects and Faculty Development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. ... Timothy J. Keller (b. ... Meredith G. Kline is an American theologian and Old Testament scholar. ... Robert Laird Harris (born March 10, 1911) is an Presbyterian minister, church leader, and Old Testament scholar. ... Categories: Stub | 1881 births | 1937 deaths | American theologians | Christian fundamentalism | Presbyterianism | Reformed theologians ... John Murray (October 14, 1898–May 8, 1975) was a Scottish-born Reformed theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught for many years. ... Vern Sheridan Poythress (born 1946) is a Calvinist philosopher and theologian and New Testament scholar. ... Dr. Moisés Silva is a professor of biblical studies and has taught at Westmont College. ... Ned B. Stonehouse (1902-1962) was a renowned New Testament scholar. ... Cornelius Van Til Cornelius Van Til (May 4, 1895 - April 17, 1987), born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist. ... Bruce K. Waltke is a Reformed evangelical professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. ... Robert Dick Wilson at the Grove City Bible Conference in 1909. ... Edward J. Young (November 29, 1907 – February 14, 1968) was a Reformed theologian and an Old Testament scholar at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1936 until his death. ...

Notable alumni

Greg L. Bahnsen (September 17, 1948 – December 11, 1995) was an influential Christian philosopher, apologist, and debater. ... Susan Wise Bauer (born 1968, Charles City County, VA) is a Christian American author, minister, English instructor of writing and American literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and founder of Peace Hill Press who is perhaps best known as a speaker and expert on homeschooling. ... Edward John Carnell (1919-1967) was a prominent Christian theologian and apologist, was an ordained Baptist pastor, and served as President of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. ... Edmund Clowney Edmund Prosper Clowney (July 30, 1917 – March 20, 2005) was a theologian, educator, and pastor. ... John Frame Dr. John M. Frame (born 1939) is an American philosopher and a Calvinist theologian especially noted for his work in epistemology and presuppositional apologetics, systematic theology, and ethics. ... Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. ... Mariano di Gangi (b. ... John H. Gerstner (1914-1996) was a Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary and an authority on the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards. ... Bruce L. Gordon, PhD. Acting Director, The Baylor Center for Science, Philosophy and Religion. ... James Alan Groves (December 17, 1952 – February 5, 2007) was a Hebrew Bible scholar, theologian, educator, and pastor. ... Wayne Grudem Wayne Grudem is a Protestant theologian and author. ... Dr. Gordon P. Hugenberger, Ph. ... James B. Jordan is a Calvinist theologian and author. ... Timothy J. Keller (b. ... Meredith G. Kline is an American theologian and Old Testament scholar. ... George Marsden George marsden is a none-popular man from bradford. ... Carl McIntire (May 17, 1906 – March 19, 2002) was a fundamentalist radio preacher and founder of the Bible Presbyterian Church. ... 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