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    panicbird is offline Registered User
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    Bahnsen Theological Seminary

    Does anyone know much about this school? Is it viewed as respectable in the academic community despite its unaccredited status? Does anyone know specifically about its apologetics or philosophy programs?
    Thanks.

    Lon

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    This looks like a sound, thorough program in Reformed theology.

    With all the options available today, with the increased criticism and condemnation of unaccredited schools, and with the high tuition of this school, I don't think there is really any excuse not to look into accredited programs.

    There are many options available today than ever for one to earn an accredited degree from programs with reasonable tuition.

    On the other hand, it looks like degrees from here will suffice for ministry in some Presbyterian denominations:

    Many of our students are preparing for the ministry (several are under care in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America).
    So, as with all unaccredited programs, the decision is generally made based on what needs one wishes to meet or what goals one wishes to attain.

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    I have to agree with Jimmy. There are low tuition options out there at accredited colleges. Why choose this one? Johnson Bible College (RA) charges $270 for a 3 hour class. Eugene Bible College (NA) charges $225 for a 3 hour class. Neither school offers a complete degree program online but you can pick up a ton of credits from either school and easily transfer them into a degree program at schools like Briercrest, Moody, Tennessee Temple, Liberty , etc.

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    Pug,

    I should have something to tell you about TTS by next Thursday or Friday.

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    Ignor my post above. The schools and tuition costs I referenced were for undergraduate studies. I know that The Reformed Theological Seminary is accredited by ATS and is only $100 more per class than the unaccredited option. I'm not up on my reformed schools so maybe some of the other forum members could suggest some other options.

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    Hi Pugbelly:

    I don't think somebody who found liberal Quakers tiresome on ethics is in much of a position to evaluate the theology of a strict Reformed/Christian Reconstructionist school, nor is a former proprietor of at least two evanescent seminaries in a position to assess the integrity or otherwise of a real, though unaccredited, school like BTS.

    Trust your own investigations, sir. You and I have often disagreed, but I have every confidence in your intelligence and integrity.

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    <<Pug,

    I should have something to tell you about TTS by next Thursday or Friday.>>

    Thanks Jimmy. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

    Pug

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    <<Hi Pugbelly:

    I don't think somebody who found liberal Quakers tiresome on ethics is in much of a position to evaluate the theology of a strict Reformed/Christian Reconstructionist school, nor is a former proprietor of at least two evanescent seminaries in a position to assess the integrity or otherwise of a real, though unaccredited, school like BTS.

    Trust your own investigations, sir. You and I have often disagreed, but I have every confidence in your intelligence and integrity.>>

    Uncle Janko:

    I'm confused. Did I miss something? Why was this post directed to me?

    Pug

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    Yeah, you did (no fault of yours). When considering advice, the track record and conduct of the adviser matters.

    If you're skeptical of BTS, would you be skeptical of--
    at least two fake seminaries
    at least two defunct nonexistent denominations
    the use of obscenities and racial epithet against posters
    the use of pseudopsychological diagnosis of posters
    doubletalk about one's own theological position,
    and
    promoting schools like GSST, Dothan, and Andersonville
    --in the track record of someone giving advice about the merits of a seminary?

    I thought so.

    Trust your own self, sir.

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    Originally posted by pugbelly
    <<Pug,

    I should have something to tell you about TTS by next Thursday or Friday.>>

    Thanks Jimmy. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

    Pug
    Pug,

    I just got off the phone with Trinity. I will have to wait about ten more days for my course materials.

    Things are moving slowly at TTS due to the accreditation process and changes they need to make and on which they are working.

    I won't forget you.

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    <<Yeah, you did (no fault of yours). When considering advice, the track record and conduct of the adviser matters.

    If you're skeptical of BTS, would you be skeptical of--
    at least two fake seminaries
    at least two defunct nonexistent denominations
    the use of obscenities and racial epithet against posters
    the use of pseudopsychological diagnosis of posters
    doubletalk about one's own theological position,
    and
    promoting schools like GSST, Dothan, and Andersonville
    --in the track record of someone giving advice about the merits of a seminary?

    I thought so.

    Trust your own self, sir.>>


    Uncle Janko:

    Perhaps I am just tired after a long day, but did I ever do any of these things?

    Pug

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    Originally posted by pugbelly
    I know that The Reformed Theological Seminary is accredited by ATS and is only $100 more per class than the unaccredited option.
    BTS is $250 per class. RTS is $285 per hour. That is quite a difference.

    How is BTS viewed in the academic community? Or is it even on the radar?

    Lon

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    Hi Pug: You? Certainly not! God forbid!

    Hi Panicbird: I think that RTS or Knox or Covenant or Westminster, among the fairly conservative Reformed seminaries, would be far more acceptable out in the wider world. They are all accredited and have fine academic reputations (Knox probably the runt of the litter academically, but still good). My impression is that BTS is dedicated to Christian Reconstructionism. If that, rather than generic rightwing Reformed, is your predilection to the exclusion of all else, then BTS might be a good choice. But it won't carry ANY heft outside of strict Christian Reconstructionist circles due to its lack of accreditation. I'm not a Calvinist; maybe someone else who IS can fill you in on ideological finepoints among these schools.

    Best wishes to both of you in Holy Week/Easter.

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    <<BTS is $250 per class. RTS is $285 per hour. That is quite a difference.

    How is BTS viewed in the academic community? Or is it even on the radar?

    Lon>>


    Lon,

    There are a several Reformed Theological Seminaries. I went to the ATS website to look it up...the RTS I was referring to is listed with ATS as the Reformed Theological Seminary, but the school has apparently changed their name to the Reformed Episcopal Seminary. The link for the school on ATS takes you directly to the schools's site, http://www.reseminary.edu/. The tuition for distance ed is $350 per class. I'm not sure what you are looking for in terms of theological approach, but it might be worth looking into.

    Pug

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    ATS messed up the link. To reach Reformed Theological Seminary, use www.rts.edu.

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    Hi Panicbird: How are your investigations going?

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