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Theological Seminary Journal
What is New Thought Scholar?
It is a milestone of maturity when a religious movement engages in serious self-study, when the movement produces trained scholars prepared to apply the methods of scholarship to its own history and beliefs. Thanks to the vision of the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon and the intellectual hunger and fiery zeal of Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin, New Thought begins to reclaim its historic Christian identity and biblical roots at an entirely new level with this very first issue of New Thought Scholar.
This edition features the papers presented at the Spring 2015 Seminary Colloquium on the topic New Thought: The Genesis of the Prosperity Gospel. In addition, we include some of the works of our friend and mentor, the Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin.
"When we follow in the tradition of the first great Christian scholars of the 11th century like St. Thomas Aquinas, and use the tools of informed discourse, lecture, research and commentary; when we meet the critical standards of scholarship and equip qualified practitioners to substantiate their Truths, we discover in the proc-ess that such depth of scholarship in fact illuminates our faith."
— Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin
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The Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary is named in honor of a pioneer in the religious arena. She has set the stage by her life and ministry for an innovative approach to preparing men and women to minister effectively in today's world. Those of us who share in her vision are convinced that we cannot continue to "do" church in the same ways that we have in the past. However, to do it differently, we must train leaders who are risk takers and trendsetters. These are people who are able to think outside of the box.
Additionally, the message of Practical Christianity is one of the best kept secrets around. It is time for the secret to be shouted from the roofs and within the halls of academia. Such subjects as Allegorical Interpretation of the Bible and Spiritual Healing
have been left to skeptical speculation. Yet their roots go deep into the history of Christianity and continue to be practiced within the New Thought Christian Movement. This institution will produce a methodology that meets the critical standards of scholarship and equips qualified practitioners
This catalog opens the door to learning for many people, from many places. It brings together like-minded people who sincerely desire to learn and grow - those who feel called to minister to people in the new church, which will establish empowerment centers throughout the world.
Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin