The two flagships of evangelical theological training in Australia
(Bonn, 09.03.2020) As representatives of the Department for Theological Concerns of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Thomas and Christine Schirrmacher visited the two most important evangelical theological training centres in Australia, the Anglican Moore Theological College and the Baptist Morling College, both of which cooperate with the University of Sydney.
In addition to guest lectures and discussions with faculty members, the focus was on talks with the two principals, Dr Mark D. Thompson and Dr Ross Clifford, who also guided the guests through the extensions of the two colleges.
âOne can hardly imagine a greater difference between two training centres than these two evangelical flagships,â Thomas Schirrmacher said afterwards. This large range is typically Evangelical, he added.
âMooreâ represents the classical theological education in old historical walls. Students and lecturers live together on campus, biblical and dogmatic subjects are the focus. Most graduates become Anglican pastors or missionaries.
âMorlingâ is quite different: the training takes place in modern buildings, takes up every modern development like web-based teaching, combines theology with the various other disciplines, and is flexibly tailored to the situation of a variety of students. Cooperation with different partners is the order of the day. Some students live on campus, others in the surrounding area, but others are spread all over Australia. Graduates go into a variety of church and social services.
Ross Clifford guided the guests through the construction site of a new lecture building of âMorlingâ. In 2004 Thomas Schirrmacher published Ross Cliffordâs doctoral thesis in his publishing house as volume 5 of the series âChristian Philosophy Todayâ (âJohn Warwick Montgomeryâs Legal Apologeticsâ. VKW: Bonn, 2004. ISBN 978-3-938116-00-5).
Moore Theological College was founded in 1856 and is the theological training seminary of the Diocese of Sydney in the Anglican Church of Australia. Since 1891 it is connected to the University of Sydney. The college has a strong tradition of conservative evangelical theology with a strong emphasis on biblical languages, the use of primary sources, and, critically, the importance of learning in community. The college is one of the largest Anglican seminaries in the world, with normally around 300 full-time students in its BDiv and BTh programs, which attract students from all around the world. Its evangelical and reformed character has been created and maintained by the vast majority of the dioceseâs clergy being men and women trained at Moore College.
Morling College is a Baptist theological college in Macquarie Park, New South Wales. It is an approved teaching institution of the Australian College of Theology and a registered teaching institution of the University of Sydney. It was established in 1916, and moved to its present location in 1961. In 1985 it was given its current name, in honour of Rev George Henry Morling, who served as principal from 1921 to 1960.
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- Photo 1: Gastvorlesung von Christine Schirrmacher im Morling College in Sydney Â© BQ/Thomas Schirrmacher
- Photo 2: Ross Clifford erlÃ¤utert Thomas Schirrmacher den Innenausbau des Erweiterungsbaus des Morling College Â© BQ/Thomas Schirrmacher
- Photo 3: Ross Clifford und Thomas Schirrmacher im BÃ¼ro des Rektors Â© BQ/Thomas Schirrmacher
- Photo 4: Ross Clifford erlÃ¤utert Thomas Schirrmacher die BaumaÃnahmen des Morling College Â© BQ/Thomas Schirrmacher
- Photo 5: Gastvorlesung von Thomas Schirrmacher im Morling College in Sydney Â© BQ/Thomas Schirrmacher
- Internetseite des Moore Theological College: https://moore.edu.au
- Internetseite des Morling College: https://www.morling.edu.au
- Wikipedia Eintrag zum Moore Theological College: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore_Theological_College
- Wikipedia Eintrag zum Morling College: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morling_College
- Wikipedia Eintrag zu Ross Clifford: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Clifford