Recently I was challenged by someone who has a Masters degree in Divinity. They claimed that this gave them the authority/right to challenge my view of Scripture, even my faith. I am sure that when they discover i do not even have the minimum qualification in this country (O level or CSE) in either religious studies or any form of biblical or theological study, that will confirm this belief.
I do have some qualifications for my Preaching but that is as much to do with following the party line as it is a test of knowledge or understanding.
However, I have probably heard everything they were taught and more, I just do not have a piece of paper to prove it, nor do I need one. The only examiner I bow to is not on any human examination board.
People are taught to pass a driving test. Once they get the relevant piece of paper they then learn to drive. What is taught in theory and guided practice will not cover most of what they will find when driving alone. It is no use knowing who is in the right, or what speed is recommended when other drivers or other external circumstances are involved. All this comes from experience. This is also why most employers want more than just a qualification.
I have known atheists with Master’s degrees in theology or Divinity. They have no interest in faith let alone be in a position to question mine.
When I am in the pulpit my job is to proclaim the flavour of faith I represent and explain why we believe what we do. Contrary to popular opinion it is not to force that faith in any shape or form or dictate what people must believe.
When on this, or other forums I express what I believe and why and dispute the accuracy of arguments or interpretations that do not conform to my beliefs. I do not expect everyone to believe what I do, or expect every interpretation to be just accepted because I am a…
Christian, preacher, scholar, teacher, agnostic, skeptic, or any other box you care to make or claim. Where you or I come from is irrelevant. What matters is the credence of the argument.