“Ought not a Minister to have, First, a good understanding, a clear apprehension, a sound judgment, and a capacity of reasoning with some closeness… Is not some acquaintance with what has been termed the second part of logic, (metaphysics), if not so necessary as [logic itself], yet highly expedient? Should not a Minister be acquainted with at least the general grounds of natural philosophy?
-John Wesley, “An Address to the Clergy,” in The Works of John Wesley, 3ed ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979; 1st ed., 1972), p. 481.
What do you make of this quote? Is Wesley correct? If so, how should this alter the present course of (some of) our Evangelical seminaries (i.e., those with no philosophy departments, no philosophy courses, and–yes, you guessed it–no philosophers)?