Theological education in Sweden is in a precarious position as the National Agency for Higher Education demands that religious studies be favoured over theology. Proficiency in biblical exegesis will no longer suffice for accreditation; rather, courses of study must included papers in history of religions taught by lecturers holding PhDs in that field. Smaller institutions committed to the training of ministers say that this will be onerous. There is also a worry that such a shift in emphasis could leave prospective ministers unprepared for the ministry. Christianity Today has the full story.
Hopefully other European countries will not be quick to follow Sweden's example.