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Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., is the nation's oldest theological school and its first graduate institution of any kind. (Photo courtesy of Andover Newton Theological School.)

Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., is the nation's oldest theological school and its first graduate institution of any kind. (Photo courtesy of Andover Newton Theological School.)

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(RNS) The 208-year-old school calls the move part of “a bold new direction” as it vies to stop running big deficits and struggles to find a financially sustainable model.

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  • Bernardo

    And the march to 21st reality continues as Christianity as with all religions is slowly disappearing from the globe only to be remembered as gross errors by many.

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  • Mark Hemenway

    It’s all about Christ. ANTS had a choice and it chose the culture. God is not doing something new, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow- he sustains the faithful. ANTS MDiv 2001

  • Phil

    You need to read the latest research, Bernardo. Mainline denominations are shrinking, but conservative Christianity is holding steady and/or growing in most of the world. Pew’s latest research projects Christianity holding steady over the next 40 years, while Islam grows due to birth rates, and atheism, as a percentage of the global population, actually shrinks slightly (also due to birth rates). The “religion is dying” narrative is popular, but statistically inaccurate.

  • Jennifer

    Got a link for that Pew reference?

  • Bernardo

    http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html

    Religion………………………… Adherents

    Christianity ……………………..2.1 billion

    Islam…………………………… 1.5 billion

    Irreligious/agnostic/atheism…… 1.1 billion (look out here we come)

    Hinduism 900 million
    Chinese traditional religion 394 million
    Buddhism 376 million
    Animist religions 300 million
    African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
    Sikhism 23 million
    Juche 19 million
    Spiritism 15 million

    Judaism…………………………………….. 14 million

    Baha’i 7 million
    Jainism 4.2 million
    Shinto 4 million
    Cao Dai 4 million
    Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
    Tenrikyo 2 million
    Neo-Paganism 1 million
    Unitarian Universalism 800,000
    Rastafari Movement 600,000

  • Many Evangelical, Charismatic and Pentocostal groups raise up their own leaders from within. Lay persons are equipped and allowed to mature in reading families and getting real experience in ministries. They can then operate as Pastors with some basic theological training.

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