I should say that my questions have little to do with my choice of seminary. I've had these difficult questions for over four years since I've begun to reexamine the texts in question. I contemplated multiple seminaries and think Fuller is the best of all possible worlds. Not only driven towards intellectual honesty, but also the enrichment of the individual person.
Anyway. Onto the show.
What is the relationship between Scripture and society? Specifically as regards the New Testament and the prohibitions regarding homosexuality? In discussion with several people, I've wondered about this topic for over a year. While it is certainly possible to determine the nature of the New testament, it is difficult for me to see how this applies to North American politics.
Non-violence and the Gospels?My position regarding the current debate is more or less the same as pickles. I avoid both as much as possible as I find them detrimental to my health. That said, non-violence is certainly an ideal, though it remains to be seen whether or not it is the teaching of the Gospels.
Do human beings have an immaterial soul? This may be obvious to many, but it isn't obvious to me. In reading about the subject, I see very little reason to adopt dualism. That said, I am constantly flicking myself and rereading the evidence of the Scriptures in order to gain further understanding.
Is the soul immortal? This one is easy: no.
Are the Scriptures inerrant? While Fuller has a high view of Scripture, I hope to be challenge in regards to this particular (and I do mean particular as it relates to my subculture) issue.
Universalism, true or false? It is something that I once believed. It would be nice if it turned out to be true. At the moment, I do doubt it. But, seminary is a place to wrestle. Prayers as regards that topic.
The relationship between the First Testament and the New Testament? Richard Hays has paved the way for this, but I want to learn more. How did Paul, John and Jude understand the story/ies of Israel?
The perplexing question of authorship? Especially as it regards 1-2 Timothy & Titus, Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, 2nd and 3rd Isaiah, Daniel, etc. Do these texts, if not written by the proclaimed author, retain authority for Christian life and practice? OI say yes, but with an ellipsis at the end of my sentence ...
Is there a center to Paul's theology?
What is the Law?
What is the nature of the body, and how do quantum mechanics work in relation to resurrection?
What about that pesky question of election? Especially within American politics? Mostly a joke.