I am not a theologian, but I occasionally read theology. Moreover, I always have a few students each year who major in history but pursue graduate work in theology. I thus found R.R. Reno’s post on today’s First Things blog to be very interesting and informative.
From Reno’s perspective, the theology programs at Duke and Notre Dame stand high above the rest. Reno also praises the programs at Princeton and Princeton Theological Seminary, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, Catholic University, SMU-Perkins, University of Dayton, and Baylor. His evaluations are based on the program’s commitment to Christian orthodoxy and the teaching of theology (and not religious studies). As a result, places such as Virginia, Yale, Harvard, and Chicago do not make his list of top programs. Catholic programs at St. Louis, Boston College, and Fordham fall short in Reno’s estimation because they have “drifted from the excitement of the post-Vatican II era to the banality of contextual theology.”
I am curious to hear what my more theologically informed readers think about Reno’s ratings.