What?

The High School Seminarian is a blog aimed primarily at high schoolers who want to learn about and discuss theology.  Have further questions?  Keep reading!

Is this blog affiliated with some group?
The High School Seminarian is not affiliated with or funded by any local church, educational institution, denomination, or other organization.

Is this blog biased?
Of course!  All writing is inevitably biased, but that’s not always a bad thing.  I hope that by being upfront about my own biases, you’ll be able to better explore your own beliefs, whether or not they end up similar to my own.  I am Christian and from a moderate evangelical background.  In this blog’s endeavor to share what I’ve learned about theology, its scope certainly extends beyond the evangelical world, and I can appreciate insight from many other perspectives.  However, ultimately, I am still a person with opinions, which I will share from time to time.  It is, of course, up to the reader to decide how to further explore the topics discussed on this blog and what to believe after study.

What is a “seminarian”?
A seminarian is a student attending a seminary.  Many make the mistake of calling a seminary a “seminary school,” but the word seminary itself signifies an educational institution.  It most often—and in the case of this blog—refers to a school that focuses on theology, Scripture, and ministry.   The term has come to sometimes describe Jewish or other religious institutions, as well as Christian, and means roughly the same thing as divinity school.  Seminaries of this sort are typically accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and offer various graduate degrees, such as the MDiv (Master of Divinity), MA (Master of Arts; typically in theology, biblical exegesis, or a similar topic), MTS (Master of Theological Studies), ThM (Master of Theology), DMin (Doctor of Ministry), and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).  At least two other uses for the word seminary exist:  It can also refer to a school for teachers or a religious educational program for high school students who are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints (i.e. Mormons).  On this blog, however, a seminary is a school offering graduate programs in religion, typically from a faith-based perspective.


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