Although both schools are fantastic, I have finally decided where I will be doing my PhD. I will be going to….
Fuller Theological Seminary!
Although St. Andrews has a lot of things going for it: 1) amazing Faculty (Torrance, Webster, Holmes, N.T. Wright), 2) awesome visiting fellows (Rae, Evans, van Inwagen), and 3) the fact that its Scotland (scotch, the highlands, golf, monarchy) – I have decided that the best place for me and my family is right here in Pasadena.
Here at Fuller I’ll be able to be a part of a top notch team that is trying to make a case for Analytic Theology.
Prayer, Love, and Human Nature: Analytic Theology for Theological Formation is a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. We are a team of theologians working on deepening and thickening out Analytic Theology, as well as applying it to the practice of Christian churches.
The team is a top-notch team. Led by Oliver Crisp, it includes two post-docs (Jordan Wessling and James Arcadi), an administrator and a 2 PhD Students (one of which is me!).
Here in L.A. I will have access to may resources, including UCLA, USC, and Biola. All of which are top-notch resources for philosophy and theology.
I will be able to continue serving in my current ministry.
I will be close to family, and my family will not have to move.
I will be in the city I love – LA!
I will be able to focus on my studies instead of having to worry about how I’m going to support a family in a foreign country. (I.e. Fuller offered a living stipend whereas St. Andrews did not).
I will be able to focus more on publishing articles.
Most importantly, its where I feel the Lord was calling us to stay.
So having said that…. I will be at Fuller for the next 3-4 years!