A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries  -     By: Margaret Lamberts Bendroth
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A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Hardcover

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The never-before-told story of Andover Newton, a seminary formed by merging two prominent institutions---one of which was the country's first theological graduate school. Bendroth examines the school's influence in America---from its role in education to its development of Protestant thought. She also highlights contributions from the faculty---including Moses Stuart and William Holladay.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802863701
ISBN-13: 9780802863706
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"Margaret Lamberts Bendroth’s School of the Church is a major scholarly achievement, and one of the best seminary histories that I have read. Bendroth has squared one of the most difficult circles in historical writing: she has taken the story of a specific institution and shown that the story has more than local import. The history of Andover Newton is the history of mainstream Protestantism in microcosm, and she tells this story with a keen eye for both the excitement of such earlier stories as the missionary movement and the painful readjustments of the present day. This is a significant study, well written, well researched, and clearly organized. Students of American religion will consult it for years to come.” -Glenn T. Miller, author of Piety and Profession

"Many Protestant settlers in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century colonial America valued education. They made sure that their clergy were mentored carefully by established pastors, and they later promoted more formal education at Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, and numerous other colleges. This fine 200th-anniversary history of Andover Newton Theological School is a case study of the evolution of theological education, exploring its Congregational and Baptist origins, its theological traumas, its response to the professionalization of clergy, and its efforts to adapt to the social challenges of the twentieth century. In 1808, when Andover Seminary became the first free-standing American theological seminary, it modeled new ways to link 'head and heart, library and pulpit, the life of the mind and the yearning for God,' and it insisted that the 'Christian gospel was a message for the entire world, not just the faithful in their pews.' Later it embraced the Newton zeal for wider cooperation in theological education and pioneered in developing new and diverse ways to prepare pastors for leadership in local congregations. Andover Newton today is 'a school of the church,' somewhere between a narrow theologically defined 'niche' school and a 'spoke within the wheel of a secular university.'" -Barbara Brown Zikmund, author of Clergy Women

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Andover Newton Theological School is the oldest graduate theological institution in the United States. Margaret Lamberts Bendroth here offers a compelling account of this historic institution and its two original sources. Andover Seminary, a Congregational school established in 1807, opened in 1808 and served as a model for American theological education. Newton Theological Institution, a Baptist school, was founded in 1825. The book offers entirely new material on the development of Andover Newton after those two original schools united in 1931.

As part of Andover Newton’s storied 200-year history, Bendroth explores the unquestionable intellectual contributions of the faculty, including Moses Stuart, Alvah Hovey, Gabriel Fackre, Max Stackhouse, Phyllis Trible, and many others. She also examines the many paths intersecting with the school’s story, from American education in general to the development of Protestant thought, to the complex histories of race and gender in American society.

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