The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) Ph.D. program commenced with its first students this fall. As the fall semester winds down, Ph.D. students are now working toward finishing their projects in their first course. These students are now beginning to define the path they will take through the Ph.D. program so that they are prepared to do the research that will become their dissertation. There are five students currently in the Ph.D. program. They come from all over the US and one comes from Madagascar.
Next semester there are two courses available for Ph.D. students with Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt teaching a seminar on Heidegger and Dr. Paul R. Hinlicky will be teaching a seminar on his systematic theology, Beloved Community (see attached flier). Both courses will bring depth of insight into the theological confusion and clear the clutter occurring in our modern secular world.
This new doctoral program is a part of ILT’s overall purpose not only to prepare pastors to serve faithfully and skillfully in congregations, but also to provide the necessary education for future theologians and teachers. This terminal degree is requisite to teaching theology at accredited schools.
There are many current societal issues that must be studied by theologians. We need professors who can train pastors to read the horizon. These five students are being prepared to engage in these academic pursuits at the highest level and to help train the faithful, well-educated pastors required by the future church. Please pray for our students as they come to the end of this semester and contemplate how they will continue their studies at ILT.