Secular universities are not guided by the light of the Bible. Increasingly they are guided by anti-Christian political correctness. Anglican theological colleges, especially evangelical ones, should be confident in the supreme authority of Holy Scripture in the governance of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which includes the way in which its ministers of the Word are trained.
Why do we need secular universities to help us to train future ministers to teach the Bible and to proclaim and defend the biblical gospel? As regards the other intellectual disciplines needed for a well-rounded minister, such as pastoral counselling, church history, apologetics and philosophy, do we not trust that God has poured out the necessary gifts on his own people in these areas? Why are secular academics needed to monitor the intellectual training our ordinands are receiving?
Cranmer's Curate considers that Paul's teaching in 2 Corinthians has bearing on the desire of those responsible for theological training in the Church of England to involve secular universities in the formation of future minsters of Christ:
Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye (the Church) are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6v14-17 - Authorised Version).What of real spiritual value would be lost to ministerial training if the altar to secular academe were torn down in our theological colleges?