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Why Choose Greenville Seminary
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes . . . . (Romans 1:16)
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is committed to training powerful, articulate proclaimers of the Good News of Salvation revealed in God's Word as understood through the historic Reformed faith. If you are considering Greenville Seminary for your theological education, you are likely someone who highly values the commitment which we share to the timeless truths of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrines of faith and life which the Protestant Reformation rediscovered and systematized from God's Word.
The landscape of theological education across America and all of Christendom is broad and highly varied. Sadly, the vast majority of seminaries have lost sight of the foundational truths revealed in God's Holy Word and, in the face of Scripture's clear warnings, have followed after false doctrines, abandoning the faith "once for all delivered to the saints." Some who give lip service to orthodoxy are prone to flirt with provocative but questionable new perspectives; some who make no pretense toward orthodoxy proudly embrace the most despicable heresies. Many, in the spirit of the age, have lost sight of the importance of common doctrine and opt for "cutting-edge" theological innovation or a sentimental, contentless religion.
As one liberal theologian tragically put it: "Seminary also introduced me to the historical study of Jesus and Christian origins. I learned from my professors and the readings they assigned that Jesus almost certainly was not born of a virgin, did not think of himself as the Son of God, and did not see his purpose as dying for the sins of the world. I also found the claim that Jesus and Christianity were the only way of salvation to be troublesome." (Dr. Marcus Borg)
By contrast, Greenville Seminary numbers itself among a tiny handful of conservative theological institutions absolutely committed to the inerrant Word of God and the distinctive tenets of Christian truth derived from it - distinctives so eloquently set forth in the confessional standards of the historic Reformed Faith.
Our unswerving devotion to these principles make our theological education unique:
The Authority of Scripture - GPTS recognizes the absolute sovereignty of God and the authority of His decrees. It is therefore unequivocally committed to the inerrancy of Scripture as its foundational theological principle. The broad evangelicalism that often arises within Reformed churches points to a failure of her leaders to grasp fully the implications of this fundamental doctrine. At GPTS we seek to work out this great doctrine in every area of our instruction.
For a more detailed discussion of these points, visit our Academic Distinctives page. If you share these insights and commitments, we welcome you to further explore Greenville Seminary to advance your training for service in God's Kingdom. We recognize that web sites and brochures can only provide a snapshot of the fuller character of an education at Greenville Seminary. To learn more, contact us with your specific questions. We would also be delighted to arrange a visit to our distinguished campus facilities in Taylors, South Carolina, where you will have an opportunity to personally meet with our president, faculty and staff and become familiar with the beauties and Southern hospitality of our community and state.
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