Conservative commentator Erick Erickson announced Wednesday that he’s planning to enter seminary, a decision that came after he felt “strongly called” to more deeply study Christian theology.
Erickson wrote in an op-ed for Red State, a conservative opinion site where he serves as editor-in-chief, that he has felt a strong tug to study the faith over the past two years, but that he kept delaying a decision on the matter.
“I have put off the idea of going to seminary each time it has popped into my head. But in the last few months have felt more strongly convicted than ever,” he wrote. “So I applied. Yesterday, the Reformed Theological Seminary’s Atlanta campus accepted me as a student and I will begin work on my Masters in Biblical Studies.”
Erickson asked readers’ for prayers and also explained why he’s been writing more about faith lately — something that he said helps him put things into perspective.
“I spend my day being told in equal parts how awesome I am and how awful I am. I get told I need to do bigger and better things and I should be murdered on a near daily basis,” Erickson said. “I find myself often surrounded by people and things that would pull me more into the World and away from God.”
He admitted that he might not complete the degree, but he said he felt that pursuing it is a necessity, as he wants to better understand Christian themes.
Erickson doesn’t plan to leave his responsibilities at RedState, nor does he plan to cease appearances on radio and television, despite taking on these studies.
“My conscience has convicted me that I need a greater education in these matters of faith I find myself more often discussing,” Erickson concluded.