Current Developments and Challenges to Theological Education in Russia

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Valerii Alikin


Theology as a study subject in higher education and as a scholarly discipline has been recognised in modern Russia for a period of less than thirty years. Secular universities as well as theological institutions of various Christian denominations are engaged in developing theological education for their respective purposes. This article seeks to present recent legal changes that significantly influence the development of theological education in Russia. At the same time the article seeks to highlight current challenges that Protestant (evangelical) theological institutions are facing in terms of state accredited programmes in theology and ministerial training. The article also presents some suggestions to overcome these challenges as well as offering ideas for further development.

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Valerii Alikin, St. Petersburg Christian University

Dr Valerii Alikin serves as rector and chair of the Theology and Church History Department at St. Petersburg Christian University in Russia. He teaches various courses in Biblical Studies and Church History.