Not so long ago, our seminaries used to be able to see themselves as offering a capstone education, taking the top graduates of rigorous liberal arts colleges and delving deeper with them into the biblical languages, Christian dogmatics, ethics, and church history. Now, however, the collapse of liberal arts education has undermined this foundation, leaving many seminaries no choice but to scale back their aspirations and focus on covering the basics, with broad surveys of biblical and systematic theology, Greek and Hebrew, and practical pastoral training, but not much more. Many students and graduates of these seminaries are hungry for further theological education, and many Christian laypeople are even hungrier.
Over the last 20 years, the internet has resulted in an explosion of new educational resources to help fill this gap. Unfortunately, for many, this has simply increased the sense of bewilderment and disorientation. Too many online course providers see their platforms as primarily a vehicle for transmitting content. Where is the online education oriented toward the classical vision of education as e-ducation—experienced guides and mentors leading students into wisdom and understanding?
This is what Davenant Hall seeks to provide: an array of short, straightforward, no-frills courses that maximize face-time with an instructor who is there not to deliver content, but to act as an expert guide to unexplored territory. Some courses will focus more tightly on a single key text or figure in the Christian tradition, others on broader themes or concepts, but all will be animated by this vision.