The Religious Life of Theological Student


It only costs $2.50

This book is for you.

“Before and above being learned, a minister must be godly. Nothing could be more fatal, however, than to set these two things over against one another. Recruiting officers do not dispute whether it is better for soldiers to have a right leg or a left: soldiers should have both legs… in your case there can be no ‘either – or’ here – either a student or a man of God. You must be both.”

The book, by B.B. Warfield is only 15 pages long, but it will serve as a constant reminder of your duty as a theological student.

I received this book as a gift from a very dear friend, to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude and so much more.

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  • “Religion” is a loaded word, even to us Gospel-centered seminary students. I don’t want to merely be religious in the pejorative use of the word — I want to be satisfied in God and be full of Him, and used by Him in the lives of others. (There is a difference between moralistic religion & the Gospel — Religion vs. the Gospel.)

    If any one wants to read Warfield’s address, but can’t get their hands on his book, try these links:
    ‑Benjamin B. Warfield, “The Religious Life of Theological Students.” Originally an address delivered by Warfield at the Autumn Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911. Reprinted in The Master’s Seminary Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, (Fall 1995), pp. 181-95.

    Abridged (shorter) version:

  • Yeah… in 1911 it was a little less loaded.

    I love the Keller stuff. That chart was really helpful the first time I saw it… helped put into very clear words what my heart already knew.

    Also, why would anyone abridge a 15 page document!?!? I laughed when I read that!

  • I’ve recently decided to go on a mini-personal campaign to bring back the usage (with a correct definition) of “religion”.

    James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

    When I was first saved I abhorred the thought of being called ‘religious’. In light of this verse…i desire to be religious. What I abhor is be moralistic in an effort towards religion.

Written by Ryan Burns