Goal – Deliver curriculum that clergy experience in seminary to the person in the pew. Princeton, Harvard and Yale were all founded by churches and have highly regarded seminaries to this day. My own denomination is heavily connected to Princeton Theological Seminary and the current pastor at Moorings is a Princeton graduate. Attempting to provide a postgraduate seminary curriculum to the congregation might seem impossible but Theological Center in Naples has been doing just that for at least two decades.
Modern Biblical scholarship uses all of the modern sciences. Archeology, astronomy, physics (carbon 14 dating, creation myths and astrophysics), linguistics, history, critical literary analysis, numismatics, biology including DNA analysis of scrolls made out of animal skins. I will keep the focus and the academic rather than the religious which is what the subject is really all about.