According to Peter Enns, evangelical schools that offer PhDs are morally irresponsible due to the competitive job market for professors and the supposed preference for students from elite schools (e.g., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc) (see his article at https://peteenns.com/moral-irresponsibility-phd-programs-bible-theology/). But is this true? Dr. David Baggett of Liberty University argues against Enns’s statement on a wonderful post given on Liberty’s PhD Facebook group. (For those in the group, I would defer you to him.) On today’s podcast, I would like to give my response to Enns’s article as one who has just begun a PhD program at an evangelical school, and as one who plans to finish the program and quite proud to be part of Liberty University–an evangelical school. I will provide four reasons as to why I think evangelical schools SHOULD offer PhDs in theology, apologetics, biblical studies, as well as other areas. I will also argue that the only way to ensure that you won’t get a teaching position is by not getting a PhD.
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Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Brian is full member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Brian has been in the ministry for over 14 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
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