AN INTRODUCTORY WORD
his little book in your handsis in all likelihood one of yourfirst introductions to AustinPresbyterian Theological Seminary. Iinvite you, therefore, to leaf through itspages carefully and thoughtfully. It willtell you the distilled version, at least, of our story—the logic of our curriculum,the courses offered, the basic data of our degree programs and of our faculty and administration and trustees. It willgive you rudimentary details about ourpolicies and scholarships and studentlife. It will show you a few pictures,too—generally of this place and itspeople when we’re all scrubbed up andon our best behavior. All of this can beuseful to you.I hope, though, that this catalogue
is just an appetizer, and that you will decide to godeeper in your investigation of Austin Seminary as the context for your theologicaleducation. There is so much about us, after all, that cannot be experienced in thesepages. These pages will tell you next to nothing about the thrill of engaging this orthat faculty member in an hours-long conversation about a topic or project thatintrigues you. These pages will not bring to life the spiritual richness of worshipin Shelton Chapel, or the liveliness of our community when gathered at table inMcCord Center, or the zaniness that often surrounds our annual football game withthe students from the neighboring Episcopal seminary. These pages will not say much about the great academic, cultural, and social opportunities afforded by ourlocation literally across the street from one of the United States’ largest and ﬁnestuniversities, and in an exciting and vibrant capital city—one of the most compellingcities in the country. Remember: this catalogue
is just an appetizer. Read it well, andthen, for the main course, come experience Austin Seminary in person. We are educating new generations of pastors, educators, and leaders for the church. Are you interested in being one of them?
Theodore J. Wardlaw