By Richard J. Mouw
President, Fuller Theological Seminary
Not long ago, I met the daughter of the first woman to graduate from one of the large evangelical seminaries in the United States. She laughed as she told me of a typographical error in the graduation program. Instead of receiving a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology, her mother was listed as earning a bachelor’s degree in secret theology!
Today, there are approximately 220 seminaries in the United States. None that I know of offers a degree in “secret” theology. They do, however, offer programs of study ranging from a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, for those who want to be theologically trained lay persons, to PhD degrees in Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History, and even Clinical Psychology. Choosing a seminary, and the right program once you get there, is one of the major life choices you can make.