St Mary's College, St Andrews

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St Mary's College
St Mary's College coat of arms
Latin: Collegium Sanctae Mariae
Motto Latin: IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM
(In the Beginning was the Word)
Established 1538 (1538)
Type College
Principal Dr Ian C. Bradley
Students 98[1]
Undergraduates 60
Postgraduates 50
Location St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
56°20′21″N 2°47′40″W / 56.3391°N 2.7945°W / 56.3391; -2.7945Coordinates: 56°20′21″N 2°47′40″W / 56.3391°N 2.7945°W / 56.3391; -2.7945
Teaching staff 20[1]
Colours
                                       
Affiliations University of St Andrews
Website www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/
St Mary's College

St Mary's College, home of the Faculty and School of Divinity within the University of St Andrews, in Fife, Scotland - in full, the New College of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

History[edit]

The College was founded in 1538 by Archbishop James Beaton, uncle of Cardinal David Beaton on the site of the Pedagogy or St John's College (founded 1418).[2]

St Mary's College was intended to preserve the teachings of the Roman Catholic church against the "heretical" teachings of the reformers. It was dedicated to a revival of learning on the Continental trilingual model and from the outset laid emphasis on the knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. In 1579, nineteen years after the Reformation brought fundamental changes to the religious life of the Scottish nation, St Mary's College was reconstituted as the Faculty of Divinity of the University.

St Mary's College retains much of its original sixteenth century buildings, specifically the north and West ranges. The Quad contains a thorn tree said to have been planted by Mary, Queen of Scots, during her many visits to St.Andrews. The Quad also contains the historic King James Library founded by King James VI & I in 1612.[3] In addition the College has The Roundel, a 16th-century building dedicated for doctoral students studying divinity at the University of St Andrews.

The Roundel

The College is one of five approved centres for the training of Church of Scotland ministers. Graduates include the Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald, the immediate past Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and a former Moderator.[4]

Rankings[edit]

The college is marked by an illustrious succession of scholars and teachers, and, in modern times especially, by a stream of alumni who have distinguished themselves and served Church and community in every part of the world. At present the Faculty and School of Divinity forms an academic community of some 131 persons: 16 members of staff; 55 postgraduate students; and 60 undergraduates. According to The Guardian 2013 University Guide it is ranked first in the United Kingdom in religious studies and theology ahead of Durham and Oxford,[5] while The Complete University Guide 2013 places it fifth.[6]

Centres[edit]

College Hall, St Mary's College

The College has three research centres.

The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) was founded within the College by professors Trevor Hart and Jeremy Begbie (currently Thomas A. Langford Research Professor at Duke Divinity School) in 2000. It "aims to advance and enrich an active conversation between Christian theology and the arts - bringing rigorous theological thinking to the arts, and bringing the resources of the arts to the enterprise of theology."[7] The current directors are Dr Gavin Hopps and Dr Judith Wolfe.

The Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) was founded in November 2004 by a group of academics attached to the Schools of Divinity, International Relations, Modern Languages, and Philosophical and Anthropological Studies. The need for a centre of learning to consider the role of religion and politics was highlighted by the support garnered from a diverse range of scholars and religious and political figures who endorsed the Centre's establishment. These supporters who have continued as Patrons of the Centre include Gustavo Gutiérrez, Cardinal O'Brien, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Carole Hillenbrand, Ian Linden, Julian Filokowski, J.D.Y. Peel, Rev Joel Edwards, Professor George P. Smith II[8] and Dr. P.T.W. Baxter.[9][10][11] The current director is Professor Mario Aguilar

The Institute for Bible, Theology & Hermeneutics (IBTH) was established in 2009 to give formal identity to the long-standing project of research into Scripture and Theology that has been associated with the work at St Mary's School of Divinity. The Institute introduces its aims as seeking, "To overcome the sense of fragmentation within the field of Divinity that burdens many within the Academy, promoting intra-disciplinary conversation between Biblical Studies and the various fields of Theology, thus providing a core identity for a more integrated discipline competent to engage in inter-disciplinary research. With the study of general hermeneutical theory and practice at its centre, it will be outward-looking and keen to engage with issues arising from the contemporary world."[12] The current director is Dr. Mark Elliott.

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