The New Age of Christianity
Dr. Eugene Peterson
1 Corinthians 1:26 -29
26 For ye see your calling, brethren,
how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty,
not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen
the weak things of the world to confound the things which are
mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are
despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to
bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory
in his presence.
Eugene H. Peterson, author of
The Message, was ordained in
the United Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1958. It was the
"Northern" split of the Presbyterian church.
In 1983, the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) was
formed as a result of reunion between the Presbyterian
Church in the U.S. (PCUS), the so-called
"southern branch," and the United
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
(UPCUSA), the so-called "northern branch." The
split was due to the civil war and the "North and
Further data on The
acknowledges it as being the largest Presbyterian body and
therefore lay claim to being the mainstream Presb body."
the 1960s on, the PCUSA has found its numbers in
decline. Controversies over the 1983 merger led to a
loss of about 800,000 members. The
however, remains the largest body of the Ref and Presb
tradition in the USA....The
PCUSA is strongly ecumenical in outlook. Its
predecessors were founding members of both the World
Council of Churches and of the World Alliance of
Reformed Churches. In 1997 agreement was reached with
the Evangelical Lutheran
in America to have full communion and an exchange of
The World Council of
Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches,
now 347 in more than 120 countries in all continents
from virtually all christian traditions, whose goal is
to unite all denominations that claim 'Christianity.'
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a
fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 218
churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are
Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United
churches with claimed roots in the 16th-century Reformation led
by John Calvin, John Knox and others. The Alliance is from
the 1970 union of Presbyterian and Congregational
Many WARC member churches also belong to the ecumenical
World Council of Churches (WCC). 4
or the Ecumenical News International, which is based at the
Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, reports on ecumenical
happenings worldwide. As stated on their website, the joint
sponsors of ENI are the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran
World Federation, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and
the Conference of European Churches, which also have their
headquarters at the Ecumenical Centre.
Eugene Peterson is on the editorial
council for Theology Today, along with several others
including, catholic Richard John Neuhaus, of the Institute on
Religion and Public Life, New York, New York. Richard Neuhaus
was Co- writer
of the ecumenical Evangelicals and Catholics
Together. Being ecumenical is no surprise, given
Eugene Peterson's background as a pentecostal but also
with roots in the Presbyterian Church, as noted above,
which was integral in the
forming of the ecumenical World Council of Churches.
Mr. Peterson is a
member of the ecumenical theHighCalling.org, and on
September 29, 2005, The High
Calling of Our Daily Work began to provide a daily prayer
and reflection by Eugene Peterson.
The HighCalling organization is a repository of ecumenical
writers. He is
also a member of the ecumenical Chrysostom Society, and
an endorser of Richard Foster's
and his writings, was on their Board of Reference and was a
contributor and New Testament editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, a project
Richard Foster and his associate Dallas Willard. Some of Mr.
contributions are found on the
Renovaré website where
various Readings are provided from the edition released
in 2005. Mr. Peterson is an advocate of the
contemplative spirituality and contemplative prayer
Eugene Peterson was also
a participant for other ecumenical ventures. One
Initiative and document signed originally in 1994, put
forward by the Evangelical Environmental Network &
Creation Care Magazine, was called,
Declaration on the Care of Creation, and included an
amazing number of well known individuals, such as:
Dr. Anthony Campolo,
Professor of Sociology, Eastern College
Dr. Loren Cunningham,
President, Youth With A Mission
Dr. Ted Engstrom, President Emeritus, World Vision
Dr. Richard Foster,
Dr. Richard Mouw,
President, Fuller Theological Seminary
Mr. David Neff, Executive
Editor, Christianity Today
Dr. Ronald Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social
Mr. Mike Yaconelli,
Senior Editor, The Door Magazine
Another of the
Evangelical Environmental Network' initiatives is
called Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action
which was signed/endorsed by over 85 leaders, including
Rick Warren, Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson,
Former President, National Association of Evangelicals (NAE);
Commissioner W. Todd Bassett, National Commander,
The Salvation Army; Gary P. Bergel, President,
Intercessors for America;
Wellington Boone, The Father's House & Wellington
Boone Ministries, Rev. Dr. Paul Cedar, Chair,
Mission America Coalition; Rev. Dr. Jack Hayford,
President, International Church of the Foursquare
Gospel, David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today;
and many others.
Dr. Eugene Peterson
Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, has no PhD and
therefore holds no doctorate, he is promoted in many
speaking engagements as Dr. Eugene Peterson.
in October 2002, he was a speaker at Salt Lake
Theological Seminary's 12th Annual Pastor’s Conference,
which involved leadership from 47 churches. Reported as,
"...They were challenged by Dr. Eugene Peterson...As
a gifted and creative communicator, Eugene Peterson
imparts new perspectives and fresh insights to familiar
Calgary, Alberta, and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,
"Dr. Eugene Peterson" was also heralded in
October 2001 and delivered a series of lectures in
Christian Spirituality at CTS in Regina.
As mentioned previously,
the biography at TheHighCalling.org, where his daily
devotionals can be obtained and where he is a member author,
"The Reverend Dr. Eugene H. Peterson
writes full time from his home in Montana. A pastor for most
of his life, he is professor emeritus of spiritual theology,
Regent College (Canada) and Translator of The Message."
at Regent College, a Bible college in Vancouver, B.C., Canada,
where he taught for over 5 years and is Professor Emeritus of
Spiritual Theology, his
lectures and tapes and so on continue to this day to be
referenced as being those of Dr. Eugene Peterson.
referring to the online biography in 2003/2004 for Eugene Peterson at NavPress,
publisher of The Message,
which did not include mention of a doctorate that this
writer could see and never referenced
him as a doctor within the academic credentials
listed, the following information was determined.
- B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific
- S.T.B. from New York Theological
M.A. in Semitic Languages from
Johns Hopkins University
(honoris causa) from
Seattle Pacific University
The S.T.B. from New York
Theological Seminary, is a bachelors in sacred theology.
That is the similar topic or focus for which Eugene
Peterson became "Professor of Spiritual Theology" at
Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.
Nowhere in any of the official NavPress information or in his credentials is there any
documentation of where Mr. Peterson became proficient in Greek or Biblical
Greek (Koine Greek), Septuagintal Greek, or being coherent in any
other language other than Hebrew, although it is
The questions that
should be answered: Does Eugene Peterson have any
degrees in Greek? and What Semitic or other languages is he fluent in?
Along with Eugene Peterson's B.A.
in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University,
the honorary doctorate
received from Seattle Pacific in 1986, is called an
honorary doctorate of humane letters, which appears to
be a fairly common honorary doctorate bestowed upon selected
individuals from many
universities and seminaries. Honorary doctorate of humane
letters has nothing to do with language proficiency in Biblical
Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek.
MA & Honorary Degrees
Seattle Pacific BA
Although likely changed in content over
the years, Seattle Pacific discusses a BA in philosophy on their
website, stating, "It
tends to increase one's self-knowledge." and :
"...In general, to devote
oneself to philosophical studies is to adopt a way of life
that involves looking beneath the surface of things, becoming
more aware of (a) the assumptions humans tend to make
(especially one's own assumptions!), (b) the strengths and
weaknesses of various systems of belief, and (c) the
connections between disparate fields of thought such as
science, morality, and religion...."
BA From New York Theological Seminary
It has been noted that
Eugene Peterson received a bachelor of sacred theology
from New York
Theological Seminary (1954-1956), and according to
NavPress website information, he also taught "biblical
languages and English Bible" there from 1959-1960,
after attending Johns Hopkins University (1957-1958),
which is where the biography stated he obtained his Masters in Semitic
According to information
on the New York Theological Seminary website, and
correspondence with Dale Irvin, Academic Dean at NYTS, the Biblical Seminary, as it
was originally called, had this history:
was founded in 1901 by W.W. White as the Bible Training
School in Monclair, NJ. It moved to New York City
shortly after that and became Biblical Seminary in the
1920s. The board changed the name of the Seminary again
in 1967, this time to New York Theological Seminary.
Until 1976 we were located at 49th and Lexington, but
the Seminary sold this building and began renting space
from Marble Collegiate Church at 29th and 5th
Ave. In 2002 we moved to Morningside Heights in
Manhattan where we are now located.."
Church is none other than the late Norman Vincent Peale's
church. For More on the ecumenical New York
Theological Seminary and Norman Vincent Peale please
From one interview,
we see that Eugene Peterson's goal was not to obtain a PhD in
Semitic Languages, which is what is stated for his
Masters, but, rather, he was working towards
a PhD in Semitic Studies. From `The
best life' Eugene Peterson
commented on pastoral ministry,
"IN THE EARLY
Peterson was planning to finish a Ph.D. in Semitic
studies while he worked as an associate pastor at a
Presbyterian church in White Plains, New York. He
already had degrees in the field from the
Biblical Theological Seminary in New York (now New York
Theological Seminary) and from Johns Hopkins. But the
academic career was put on hold: Peterson
decided that his real vocation was to be a pastor. In
1962 he was called to plant a new congregation in Bel
Air, Maryland, near Baltimore....(He was raised in a
We know that the two
bachelor degrees were not language focused, as one was for
philosophy and the other was for sacred theology, and
neither were for Semitic Studies or Semitic Languages.
Prior to returning to teach at New York Seminary in 1959,
Peterson attended Johns Hopkins University, which,
according to NavPress, is where he obtained an M.A. in
Semitic Languages, not
Semitic Studies as stated above. Perusing various
universities, those can be two distinct courses, with
from Johns Hopkins
A query to Johns
Hopkins concerning the
requirements of an M.A. in Semitic Languages was sent and
has never been responded to.
However, a perusal
from their Near Eastern Studies department revealed the
following general information at Johns Hopkins, which
does not specifically address the requirements to obtain
an M.A. in Semitic Languages. Eugene Peterson attended
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
Students working full-time toward the
expect to do three to four years of course work, after
which comprehensive examinations must be written
before work on the dissertation begins. The
examinations cover a student's major and minor fields
of concentration. After passing these examinations,
the student, in consultation with the faculty,
prepares a dissertation proposal for faculty
consideration and then proceeds to write the
dissertation. An ability to read scholarly
French and German is necessary, and an
examination in one of these must be passed within the
first semester of residence at Hopkins. The
examination in the other may be delayed not more than
one year. Some command of Greek and Latin is
necessary to pursue biblical studies.
Requirements for the M.A. Degree
If a Ph.D. student wants to receive the M.A.
degree, he/she can request it at any time after one
full year of study and after passing the examination
in one modern foreign language. In unusual cases,
entering students may be admitted as candidates for
the M.A. In these cases an examination for the
Master's degree will cover basic knowledge in the
student's field of specialization.
What this writer found
of most interest is in the list of languages that are
presented above, but also under the section of Hebrew
Bible and Northwest Semitic Philology: Concentration in
Hebrew Bible. The Major Language: Biblical Hebrew;
Required Minor Languages: Akkadian or Egyptian, Aramaic, Ugaritic,
Historical Hebrew Grammar;
Optional Languages: Coptic, Rabbinic Hebrew, Syriac.
A perusal of other universities
offering Masters or PhD's in either Semitic Studies or Semitic
Languages revealed a rigorous course load over several years,
with knowledge of various languages similar to the above,
including knowledge of French and German. Obtaining a Masters in
either field was no guarantee of being accepted to the
respective PhD course.
There is no mention
in any of Eugene Peterson's various interviews or
biographies of knowing or having studied any of the
above mentioned languages other than the mention of
Hebrew and the M.A. in Semitic Languages. The
questions to clarify the language issue were put to
NavPress several times, and yet specific language
information was not clearly answered.
In an interview Eugene
"...I did my
graduate school training in Semitic languages. So
technically I know more about Hebrew, but I've been
reading Greek for thirty-five years and feel equally at
home with Greek. But their is a real sense of at
homeness that is coming to fruition as I work through
the Old Testament..."
that academic credentials are being put forth to provide
credibility and it is said Mr. Peterson is more than
familiar with Greek, with The Message advertised as being
faithful to the original Greek and original Hebrew, and endorsed by many in
leadership, this needs clarifying. Indeed, one would need
to be well studied in Greek in order to translate a new
Bible version or paraphrase his opinion of God's Word from the
original manuscripts. Full knowledge of Koine Greek,
Aramaic, and Biblical Hebrew are also needed, and, depending on
the manuscript sources, Latin and
Septuagintal Greek as well.
Correspondence With NavPress About Languages
clarify this issue, this writer first contacted the
publisher of The Message, NavPress on December 18,
2003, and asked whether Eugene Peterson was in fact a Dr.
and if so, what was he a doctor of.
responses from their representative at that time, and whose credentials
were, "Rights Assistant, NavPress
Publishing" and also included dialogue forwarded
from Eugene Peterson's editor, included the following
I have been reading various articles about The Message and
information on Mr Peterson, I noticed that some people refer
to him as Dr. Peterson, but I don't actually see that in the
promo of that Bible. Are people misinformed or adding Dr out
have a PhD but he has 3 honorary doctorates from
Seattle Pacific University, Messiah and
However, in 2005, it
is noted that The Message Bible catalogue, available
from the NavPress Website, and which promotes The
Message as a Bible translation, stated,
Peterson spent over two years to create his lively
translation of the New Testament called
correspondence in 2003 stated:
Q: In the bio you [NavPress]
referred me to on your site, I don't understand where
that [Dr.] comes from. It states:
Q: What is a S.T.B.
from New York Theological Seminary , and when was
- B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific
- S.T.B. from New York Theological
- M.A. in Semitic Languages from
Johns Hopkins University
(honoris causa) from
Seattle Pacific University
is a bachelors in sacred theology-- I don't know what
year that was."
Q: Also, what
years did Mr. Peterson teach there?
taught there in 1959-1960 or 1961.
Q: What years was Mr.
Peterson at Johns Hopkins?
Q: What is a D.H.L. (honoris
causa) from Seattle Pacific University,
NavPress: It is the
and when was that
"accomplished." around 1986
Q: When did he
obtain his BA in philosophy at Seattle?
Q: NavPress states in
the bio that in January of 1993 he became
professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in
Vancouver, British Colombia. How long was he there?
NavPress: 5 and a
This writer again contacted
NavPress on January 2, 2004.
still reading up on The Message and I was
wondering if you could please tell me where and when
Eugene Peterson learned Greek. It's not actually in
his bio or any interviews I've read. Where and
when did he actually take Greek as a subject, and
Does he have any degrees in Greek? It
says in the bio that Mr Peterson has a Masters in
Semitic languages. I might as well also ask
Semitic or other languages he is fluent in?..."
NavPress: [January 5,
Good questions! The next time we talk with Mr.
Peterson, we will ask him your questions about his
knowledge of Greek. However, it may be a few
weeks before we talk with him and can let you know.
Thanks for your patience!
My Response: [January
"...Thank you very
much for the quick response. I am a little
surprised and puzzled that the information isn't
documented or known immediately, being that
translation/paraphrase of The Message hinges on Mr.
Peterson's knowledge of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic,
from the original manuscripts. I do very much look
forward to having the questions answered and really
appreciate that you and NavPress will take the time
to ask Mr. Peterson the various specific questions,
and provide me with the answers. Looking
forward to hearing from you in a few weeks."
After a four month wait, a
response finally came from NavPress, May 6, 2004:
We forwarded your
question on to our editorial team. (sorry for the
delay) Here is the response.
Eugene Peterson did
most of his language study at Biblical Seminary in New
York in the mid-50s. He later taught Greek and Hebrew
there. His other language study was at Johns Hopkins
University where he studied under Albright, the
Semitics scholar and archaeologist, and did most of
the work on a Ph.D. before being drawn into the
pastorate. He started a church near Baltimore and
served the one church his whole ministry.
Unlike most seminary
graduates he kept up on the languages and endeavored
to translate the OT (Hebrew) and NT (Greek) every year
of his active ministry.
As a reminder, the time
spent at New York Theological Seminary which was
originally called Biblical Seminary, was for a bachelor of
sacred theology obtained from 1954-1956, and he also
taught there 1959-1960, after attending Johns Hopkins
University in 1957-1958. That Johns Hopkins stint was
presumably where he learned most of his Hebrew and semitic language skills,
but according to the email from Eugene Peterson's editor, he
learned his language skills prior to that time, that is, while
getting his bachelors of sacred theology over a two year
period. Dale Irvin, Academic Dean at NYTS, could not
provide the information regarding what that entailed
although he thought it was similar to what later became
the bachelor of divinity or similar.
However further research
provided this information, which also refers to the bachelor
of sacred theology time frame from 1954-1956, which does not
actually state how much time was spent studying languages,
i.e. one class for each language for 3 months or similar.
"Eugene Peterson's mother was a Pentecostal
preacher, and her son started out his career as a
scholar of Greek and Hebrew at New York Theological
Seminary and an associate pastor at a Presbyterian
church in White Plains, N.Y."
The questions remain. Does
Eugene Peterson have any degrees in Greek? Koine Greek?
and What Semitic or other languages is he fluent in or
have degrees in?
These questions are incredibly relevant
and require a precise statement
readers are being asked to trust explicitly that there is more
than competent knowledge of Koine Greek, Aramaic and Biblical
Hebrew. Being a qualified translator of God's Word is not for
those with basic or even a working knowledge. In fact, most
language experts have language degrees which they state clearly because
it would then validate their expertise or lack thereof.
Professor and Dr. at Regent College
In January of 1993 Eugene
Peterson became professor of spiritual theology at Regent
College in Vancouver, British Colombia, and taught there for
five and a half years. He continues as
professor emeritus of spiritual theology
at Regent College. To clarify why Regent
would promote and
sell his audio tapes as from Dr. Eugene Peterson, this
writer contacted Regent College.
Through the email
dialogue which took place also on December 18, 2003,
the query was initially sent to the President's office of
Regent College but, got turned over to the Dean's
assistant. The following questions were basically unable
to be answered satisfactorily.
Q: ...I also have
noticed that his teachings are still used for various
courses at Regent. Some people refer to him as Eugene
Peterson, Rev. Eugene Peterson and also Dr.
Peterson. I notice in your course information that you
promote him as Dr. Eugene Peterson. Could you please
tell me what he is a Dr of and when that was
are correct in all of your salutations. Dr.
Peterson was a Professor of Spiritual Theology during
his time at Regent College from 1992-1998.
Q: ...In his
bio with NavPress, there is no mention of his having
obtained a Doctorate via any Seminary, and that's
reading it this week. Could you please clarify what
his doctorate is in and where and when he obtained his
: Dr. Peterson has been recognized with an 'Honoris
Degree" from Messiah College in 1997. He
has obtained various degrees not necessarily based in
...Having "various degrees" and
having one or more "honorary doctorates" is
not the same as having a scholarly Doctorate in
anything. Obtaining an actual Doctorate takes several
years at a minimum.
...According to his bio
on Navpress, these are his credentials.
"In addition to
being ordained in the Presbyterian Church, in 1958,
Eugene holds the following academic degrees:
Just to clarify.
in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University
from New York Theological Seminary
in Semitic Languages from Johns Hopkins University
(honoris causa) from Seattle Pacific University
I am asking Regent
College, ...What is he
specifically a Doctor in, when did he obtain said
Doctorate and from where...25
information that you have made reference to is the
same as what I have in Dr. Peterson's c.v. I'm
sorry that I am unable to help you further since
the people who were involved with hiring Dr. Peterson
are no longer at Regent College."
It should be noted that
one does not have to have a PhD in order to be a teaching
professor, at least in subsequently reading information
from other universities and seminaries. Many assistants to professors for several years
or those with Masters in a particular field may become
Professors, depending on the school qualifications. It
should also be stated that many who receive honorary
doctorates claim the title of Doctor. Honorary doctorates
are granted on a regular basis at some institutions.
Versus God's Wisdom
The problem is, the
doctorate or PhD does not exist in any field according to NavPress, publisher of Eugene Peterson's The
Message, as of December 18, 2003. Two Bachelor of
Arts and a Masters degree, in unique fields do not make a Doctorate.
Obtaining an actual Doctorate in most fields,
takes several years at a minimum and requires other
That is not to
say that one needs to obtain credentials in order to be
scholarly, knowledgeable or able to put forth sound ideas.
On the contrary, in Christ, our wisdom and knowledge comes
from Him, and does not need the approval of academics to
be accurate or sound.
It needs to
be made clear that having letters behind ones name does not make
one a better scholar, than one who does not. Nor does it mean
one has wisdom acceptable to God, or those thoughts are more
important than another's thoughts or ideas. While it behooves us to study to
show ourselves approved, we are to value God's evaluation over
mans. What matters is whether what we know, what we teach and
believe is acceptable to God.
Job 28:28 "And
unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is
wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."
Psalm 37:30 The
mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh
of judgment. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of
his steps shall slide.
3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth
to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may
be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with
God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that
they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all
things are yours;
Eugene Peterson , Teacher
As recorded above,
Eugene Peterson became professor of spiritual theology
at Regent College in Vancouver, British Colombia, and
taught there for five years and a half years. He
professor emeritus of spiritual theology
at Regent College
It needs to be
understood that Regent College is a provincially
accredited Bible College and is in
a working partnership
with the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. According to UBC,
College is an international graduate school of
Christian studies. According to their information, it is an autonomous body,
trans-denominational in character and evangelical and
Biblical in basis. The College has formal affiliation
with the university, and is fully
accredited with the
Association of Theological Schools
in the USA and Canada.
Offering many courses, we see that
along with the various studies that those involved in Regent
College are in fact, ecumenical.
"Regent College offers a program in
Anglican Studies...Those interested in Anglican ordination are
able to take a Master of Divinity degree at Regent which
prepares them for ministry in the Anglican Communion
Regent has partnered with Wycliffe
Hall, a permanent private hall of Oxford University, in an
exchange program. Regent students who meet the Oxford entrance
requirements are able to do two terms of their Master of
Divinity degree in Oxford, and Wycliffe students are able to
come to study at Regent College.
...regular Anglican worship is held
at the College during the academic terms. Anglican ordinands
are mentored by the Rev. Dr. Harry S.D. Robinson and the Rev.
Dr. Neil Mancor, who serve as Anglican chaplains. The Rev.
Dr. J.I. Packer is the director of the program. ..."
"The Baptist Studies program
is offered in conjunction with the Master of Divinity degree
to provide theological preparation for students intending to
enter pastoral ministry through the Baptist Union of Western
The Baptist Studies program
is offered with the cooperation of faculty from Carey
Theological College, including Dr. Barbara Mutch and Dr. Brian
Stelck. Dr. Mark Davies is coordinator of the program, and as
such is a fully participating member of the Regent College
faculty. In addition to specific courses within the Baptist
Studies program, these three professors also teach a range of
Applied Theology courses at Regent, primarily within the MDiv
J.I Packer, who also endorsed
The Message, is best known by
some with his involvement with the signing of
For more on Professor
J.I. Packer (Anglican) ; See also : Institute
for Global Engagement & Eastern College;
In their Continuing Studies program, we see the promotion of
Eugene Peterson's teachings, as well as those of J.I. Packer.
AUDIO CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
Students can complete up to one-third
of a Regent program (DipCS, MCS or MDiv) through audio courses
Slant: Parables as Spiritual Direction
Soulcraft: Spiritual Formation
Systematic Theology Overview
Systematic Theology A: God, Communication
Systematic Theology B: Man, Sin and Grace
Another example of the
ecumenical nature of Regent is Gordon Fee, who is Professor
Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent, and is Assemblies
of God which means Pentecostal. He also endorsed The Message
Teacher at Pittsburgh Theological
In October 2005,
Eugene Peterson attended Baylor University's George W. Truett
Theological Seminary to give the Parchman Endowed Lectures Oct.
18-20 and it was reported that:
Peterson is an ordained
Presbyterian minister", [who]
"holds degrees from
Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary,
Johns Hopkins University and Messiah
College, and has
taught at New York Theological Seminary, Towson State
University, St. Mary's Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary and Regent College."
According to one
website, regarding when Peterson wrote The Message, "In
1991 after 29 years at Christ Our King, he felt God was
calling him to devote more time to writing and teaching.
He spent one year at Pittsburgh Seminary as
writer-in-residence. Much of his work on The Message
took place during that year as well as the following
summer and fall. In January of 1993 he became professor
of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver,
Pittsburgh Seminary is
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary which was formed in 1959
by the consolidation of Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological
Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church of North
America and Western Theological Seminary of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
In the Special Events and Lectures
information in their
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary catalog for
2005-2006, we find the following list of names as
"THE J. HUBERT HENDERSON CONFERENCE ON CHURCH AND
This lecture honors the pastor of 35 years at the
Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.
Martin Marty, Frederick Buechner, Lewis B. Smedes,
Sydney and Robert McAfee Brown, Bruce Larson, Eugene
Peterson, Gustavo Gutierrez, Madeleine L’Engle, Letty
Russell, Alister E. McGrath, Wayne Muller, Mark
Noll, and Robert Wuthnow have been lecturers in the
Martin Marty has been on
Renovarés Board of Reference. He was a speaker at the
Howard Butt/Billy Graham Layman's Leadership Institutes in
the 1970's. He was also a member of the 1978, Howard Butt
sponsored Congress of the Laity
which will be discussed later. Frederick Buechner
endorsed The Message, is a speaker and supporter of Laity Lodge,
a project of Howard E. Butt, which is also connected with
TheHighCalling.org, which posts Eugene Peterson's devotionals.
from Messiah College
The honorary doctor
of sacred theology from Messiah College in 1997, was an
honor that was also bestowed on Dr. Tony Campolo, in
Tony Campolo is a kingdom now
proponent who also teaches that we are 'divine' and other
fallacies and is
discussed in the articles:
Fruit From Evil Trees:Part
& The Christian Mystic ;
for Global Engagement & Eastern College;
World Vision Global Education.
He also endorsed The Message.
A query was sent to Messiah
College to confirm whether the above report is simply a mistake
in the write-up stating that Eugene Peterson received a degree
from Messiah College and rather it was meaning the honorary
doctorate of sacred theology from 1997. To date, there has been
According to their
information, "Messiah College is a Christian college of
the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The College is
committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the
Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the
Messiah College, which
is just outside of Philadelphia, is also the
world home base for the MJAA or
Messianic Jewish Alliance
of America. That is where the
gathering takes place. The ecumenical
Jerusalem II updates recounted how MJAA leadership were part of
the Promise Keeper's Pastors and Leadership Conference in
Phoenix Arizona, in 2003. The Message was
distributed to all attendees of that conference by
NavPress. Recent information reveals the influx of The
Message use in many evangelical churches may be partly due to
from North Park
Eugene Peterson received an
unspecified honorary doctorate from the ecumenical North
Park Theological Seminary in 2002, and also gave their
commencement address. North
Park Theological Seminary is the Evangelical Covenant Church's
sole graduate theological school. The Swedish Evangelical
Mission Covenant of America was the original founding
denomination which became Evangelical Covenant Church. According
to their website information, "The Covenant's ministry is
strongly influenced by North Park, and the Seminary's faculty
provide a distinctive resource for the Covenant." The Covenant
beliefs endorse and propagate the full equality of women and men
in all leadership positions within the church, and in 1976 began
ordaining women to the ministry.
According to the biography in the
North Park Theological Seminary write-up in 2002,
"...During the ceremony, honorary
doctorates will be awarded to retired Covenant pastor and
professor Donald H. Madvig and author and retired pastor
Eugene H. Peterson. Peterson, whose paraphrase The Message,
breathes new life into the Bible, will also present the
Commencement address, “Salvation Watching.” ..."
"Peterson has a bachelor of arts from Seattle Pacific
University, a bachelor of sacred theology from New York
Theological Seminary, and a master of arts in semitic
languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also
received an honorary doctor of humane letters from
Seattle Pacific University and an honorary doctor of
sacred theology from Messiah College"
"He has taught at New
York Theological Seminary, Towson State University,
St. Mary’s Seminary, and Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary. In addition to serving as pastor of Towson Presbyterian
Church in Maryland and White Plains Presbyterian
Church in New York, Peterson, who was ordained in the
Presbyterian Church USA in 1958, also served as founding
pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel
Professor at St. Mary's
Peterson was adjunct
professor at St.
Baltimore, Maryland, which is the first Catholic seminary
established in the United States. It is owned and
operated by the Sulpician Fathers, who are diocesan
priests dedicated to the continued formation of priests
for the Catholic church.
a community of diocesan priests dedicated to the
formation of priests.
St. Mary's Seminary
in 1791, St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore
is the first Catholic seminary established in the United
States. For over two hundred years, St. Mary’s has been
owned and operated by the Sulpician Fathers
In 1805, St. Mary's was
chartered as a civil university in Maryland, and in
1822, Pope Pius VII established the seminary the
country’s first ecclesiastical (pontifical) faculty with
the right to grant degrees in the name of the Holy See.
The seminary continues to offer the pontifical STB and
STL degrees for all qualified students....
Inside the main doors
stands the marble statue of Mary known as the Sedes
Sapientiae, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, patroness of the
The Ecumenical Institute Evening School
Institute of Theology is St. Mary's evening graduate
program offering studies in theology for persons of all
religious traditions. Here St. Mary's seminarians are
able to take occasional evening courses and meet lay men
and women studying theology to serve their various
Center For Continuing Formation Conference Center
...St. Mary's Seminary and University is literally
the birthplace of seminary formation in the United
States. Embodying the values of the Sulpician tradition,
St. Mary's offers the very best programs possible in
preparing the next generation of diocesan priests."
Ecumenical Institute of Theology:
"...emerged in 1967 when
a small group of clergy and laity decided that part-time
graduate study in theology open to men and women of all faiths
ought to be made available in Baltimore. Included in that
founding group was Dr. W. F. Albright, the
world-renowned professor of Near Eastern Studies at The Johns
Hopkins University. St. Mary's Seminary, with the
encouragement of its then president, Rev. John F. Dede, S.S.,
agreed that the Ecumenical Institute would complement St.
Mary's mission as part of its response to the Decree on
Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council"
Dr W.F. Albright
was the noted scholar mentioned in an email from NavPress
in May 2005, which stated concerning Eugene Peterson,
language study was at Johns Hopkins University where he
studied under Albright, the Semitics scholar and
archaeologist, and did most of the work on a Ph.D. "
That time was actually from 1957-1958, which seems a
very short time to obtain a Masters plus 'most of the
work on a Ph.D'. That information may be mistaken as the
one interview with Eugene Peterson pointed out that
Peterson, "IN THE EARLY
1960's was planning to finish a Ph.D. in Semitic
studies ..." Most Masters and Ph.D's take several
years minimum according to various individuals with
masters or doctorates. Time and age have a way of fading
events of our lives and their timing, and this writer
would be the first to declare that point.
1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Next Suggested Article:
Peterson & His Ecumenical Connections
Peterson's Opinion of The Bible ;
Message and Dr. Eugene Peterson
Peterson & His Ecumenical Connections ;
& NavPress Promotions
The Message Doctrine
& Foundations of the Faith
The Message Doctrine & Gnostic or
New Age Terms and Concepts
The Message Doctrine & Gnostic or
New Age Terms and Concepts Cont.
Message, Who Endorses and Promotes Eugene
Peterson's Opinion of the Bible
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December 18, 2003
`The best life'; Eugene
on pastoral ministry.(Interview)(Bibliography)
Century, March 13, 2002, by David
Mars Hill Review, A Conversation
with Eugene Peterson, By Michael J. Cusick; Copyright ©
1995 Mars Hill Review 3 Fall 1995 · Issue No. 3: pgs
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Assistant NavPress Publishing
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003
18. op cit email Kristen Baldini
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January 05, 2004 To: Kristen Baldini
Mindy Mills [Mindy.Mills at navpress.com] Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 11:16 AM
Subject: FW: another question
THE DECATUR DAILY; Peterson
paraphrases Bible in everyday language By Tom Laceky Associated Press Writer ]
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December 18, 2003
Eugene Peterson To Give
Parchman Lectures , Oct. 10, 2005 by Lori
Seminary to honor Donald H. Madvig and
Eugene H. Peterson at Commencement
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