Knox Seminary Programs – limited to men?
Theophrastus originally noticed and blogged about the fact that the Doctor of Ministry degree jointly offered by Knox Seminary and Logos Bible software might be limited to men, since this was phrase was found in the D. Min. program description on the Knox Seminary website.
I remarked off the cuff in a comment,
“That seems consistent with the view of the PCA that women cannot be preachers, elders or deacons, but can only serve as assistants to deacons.”
The phrase “limited to men” was subsequently removed from the page that Theophrastus linked to.
I then commented that another page – which I captured as a screen shot last week - on the Knox Seminary site explained their policy in greater depth. It read,
“The Doctor of Ministry is a professional program for pastors, missionaries, and others actively engaged in ministry-related fields. Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program is limited to men. This admission policy derives from Knox’s commitment to operate according to the Holy Scriptures and the constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, namely the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Catechisms, and the Book of Church Order.”
Was this simply a stray page from a previous version of the website? Did this apply last year and not this year? I did not download the entire site, nor did I save a site map, so I can’t say. However, going to their website today, I also noticed that another document seems to have been moved or removed, refering to the M. Div. program and its restrictions to men also. In some way, I could understand that. I could understand that they would be reluctant to train women for a position that a woman cannot hold. But restricting the D. Min. program to men seemed more like withholding academic expertise from women so they would not have access to the same exegetical tools that the men could have.
This disturbs me, in view of the fact that nobody has ever proffered lexical evidence that the word in 1 Tim. 2:12 so often translated as “to have authority” actually means that, rather than meaning “to lord it over” as is suggested by the way in which it was translated by Jerome. I simply don’t think that there is a Bible verse which states in so many words in Greek that women cannot possess authority, whether academic or spiritual. So, no, I don’t think that it is necessary to restrict doctoral level studies to men only in order to operate in accordance with the Holy Scriptures. But maybe this is all last year’s policy …
And, if this program is now open to women, then I am happy for that.