Eastern Theological Seminary – Catalog 2015-2018
PHILOSOPHY OF EASTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
The educational philosophy of EASTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY is rooted in Biblical theism. The Bible as God’s unique, inspired, and infallible revelation to man is the Christian’s standard for faith and life. Likewise, Jesus Christ, as the Incarnate Word, is the ultimate author of all truth.
Eastern’s aim is to educate the total person for the Glory of God. This education is centripetal, centered in the Lord Jesus Christ; centrifugal, radiating from Him; and central, to encompass diverse spheres of learning. God reveals Himself not only in His Son and in the Scriptures, but also in creation; consequently, acquaintance with them equips the student to understand himself, his society, other cultures, his natural environment, and the Creator of all. Such understanding carries the corresponding obligation to make an impact upon the unregenerate society as its salt and light.
Integration is a key concept to Eastern. First, the Bible is integrated with all other areas of study. Instead of adding Biblical and professional courses to the general education base, as is commonly done, Eastern offers a concurrent study of Biblical and general education courses throughout the student’s entire program. This distinctive aim of truly integrating the Bible with other curricula is one that all faculty members endorse and strive to implement. In addition, Eastern encourages the student to become engaged in Christian service programs. Moreover, Eastern encourages the student to integrate his personal ideas and values with those presented at the Seminary. The student’s mind is not a bank where periodic deposits and withdrawals of information are made. Rather, it is a beehive where pollen, gathered from many fields, is transmuted into sweetness and light. This spirit of personal inquiry and synthesis is reflected in the Seminary’s inductive approach to Bible study whereby the student is guided to interpret the Word for himself. As he/she seeks to make these integrations on the personal and academic plane, the student must recognize the Holy Spirit as the ultimate Teacher and the Bible as the supreme authority. Indeed, a thorough knowledge of and a love for God’s Word are the prerequisites for any effective ministry. Eastern exists to nurture these qualities in an atmosphere of faith, scholarship, and caring.