Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Reflection on Ridley


Now that I've finished studying I thought it would be good to reflect on my time at Ridley College.

Amy and I chose Ridley because we thought we might end up overseas with CMS, the main Anglican missionary organisation, teaching at a Bible College.  This grew out of an earlier desire of mine to pursue some sort of post graduate studies in History.  However this evolved into a plan to pursue full time paid ministry here in Australia.  I then settled on going to Ridley, which also meant cementing the Anglican path.  I admit I was influenced in my choice by observing Anglicans such as Kaniska Raffel and Mike Raiter in action. I also didn't feel bad about crossing over from the Presbyterians to the Anglicans after seeing how Paul Chew also crossed over and had carved out a niche for himself in the Anglican Church of Tasmania.  (Although admittedly I 'd grown up for twenty years at Margate Brethren Church before meeting and marrying Amy.)

The Ridley experience was a good one.  While learning Greek and Hebrew was hard, the immersion in Scripture, theology and ministry was exciting. I'm glad it only took three years, four years would have disconnected us to much from Tassie, and the occasional drudgery of study would have become overwhelming.  I sometimes also struggled with the tension between academic achievement and theological success.

Ridley, while I was there, underwent a lot of changes, hiring new staff, selling part of their property and expanding their academic options.  I enjoyed interacting with a wide range of view points, and ironically feel I've ended up more conservative in my theology then if I'd attended, say Moore College.  ( For example Peter Adam convinced me on the inerrancy of Scripture, Doug McComiskey explained the failings of the New Perspective on Paul and Rhys Bezzant directed me to the erudite Jonathan Edwards.) One of my only disappointments is not doing a formal course of apologetics, a subject Ridley is going to introduce next year.  However my informal reading lead me to Van Til which was very exciting, so it was cloud with a silver lining.

10 comments:

Bernard said...

Good on ya for finishing up man.

It's really cool to see another beloved mate heading into the Anglican scene in Tas, too.

And we're not all Barthian, NPP-lovin', Puritan haters up here ;p

Bernard said...

I totally empathise with your struggle between academic achievement and theological success, too. There's no time in the year that I feel it more acutely than in the midst of exams. i.e. right now!

Luke said...

Thanks!

It'd be interesting for the four of us, Nick, Fiona, you and I to compare notes again back in sunny Tasmania.

(I'm glad you didn't take offence at my Mooore mention, lots of good people go through there (such as yourself) and I think Ridley feels like the smaller cousin but shouldn't because under Peter Adam is surprisingly conservative.)

Bernard said...

Debriefing is a cool idea :)

Jack Lim said...

Hey Luke, I did not realise you had a Bretho background, seems to be a trend. Maybe we are all just returning to our Anglican roots seeing as that is essentially where the movement sprang from. I am sure we will catch up some time even if you have defected to the South (we did have high hopes you would have the good sense to come North)

Luke said...

Hey Jack do you go to TCC, I'll be there for a few days this year.

Jack Lim said...

I normally manage to get for at least a day each time but this year it won't be possible. And to boot I will miss your ordination by a day as I will still be in Qld. I am quite disappointed about that. So praying Gods blessing for you for the occasion and following. Do you go on retreat next week?

Luke said...

Yeah a retreat with the Bishop for a few days, I hope it's not a silent one!

Andrew Bowles said...

'ironically feel I've ended up more conservative in my theology then if I'd attended, say Moore College.'

Reading this I feel that I've failed somehow. :]

I'll miss 'interacting with your viewpoint' at Ridley next year. Who will there be now to provoke me to unthought of heights of heresy?

Luke said...

You made me think and refine my questions and that's a wonderful gift. Ridley worked hard at making us think theologically but we ran our own small version of arguing theologically! (All the more reason for you to blog more!)