We recently asked several members of our faculty the following question:
What class from your own Seminary (or College/Graduate School) most influenced you and why?
Here are some of the responses we received:
Dr. Matthew Mullins, Assistant Professor of English and History of Ideas, Associate Dean for Academic Advising (Ph.D., University of North Carolina; Greensboro; M.A., North Carolina State University; B.A., The College at Southeastern):
Because my graduate work focused on literature and critical theory, I did not attend seminary like most of my colleagues here at SEBTS. However, during my time in college at Southeastern I took a number of classes that expanded my intellectual and spiritual horizons. In English courses with Dr. Michael Travers I was exposed to novels like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart that were vital in determining my career path. The History of Ideas courses I took with Dr. Spencer and Dr. Ladd also had a profound influence on my development. It was in History of Ideas that I was first introduced to writers such as Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud who have been integral to my academic work, as well as to writers such as Augustine and Kierkegaard who have had lasting effects on my own spiritual life.
Dr. Mike Dodson, Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism, Associate Director for North American Church Planting for the Center for Great Commission Studies, National Missionary of the North American Mission Board (D.Miss., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary)
The first class that came to mind was an elective class on Genesis 1-11. That really helped me work through key issues on the creation versus evolution spectrum. The focus of that class continues to help me think critically about foundational issues of faith and culture.
The other class that came to mind was an independent study on the History of Christian Missions where the main assignment was reading a 7 volume series by Kenneth Latourette. This class helped me grasp the ebbs and flows of the spread of Christianity. Even though the movement of the gospel seems to ebb at times, God continues to raise up laborers who spread His glory and fame among every tribe, tongue and nation. This big picture of how the gospel continues to flow should give His servants confidence that He will see His mission through to completion.
Stay tuned for more answers from our faculty.