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Akkadian College of Divinity: The Church of Saint Hildegard, Copyright Milson Macleod 1998

AKKADIAN COLLEGE of DIVINITY


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Frequently Asked Questions

Akkadian College of Divinity: The Church of St Hildegard, Copyright: Milson Macleod 1998

Why should I study DIVINITY? I do not intend entering the Church. Will it still be useful in my career?
A fuller understanding of Man and his relationship to the Creator and the rest of the Cosmos is helpful to all, especially these days, which are commonly referred to as the "End Times" (the end of an Age, rather than the end of the World). This subject is not covered in religious institutions, as it is at variance with the dogmas of the traditional Church, where emphasis is on control over the people rather than helping them understand who they really are, their relationship to others in the Cosmos, and why they are here at this time. Our graduates will find useful outlets in fields such as the media, journalism, teaching, administration, government and publishing, as well as in the Church itself. Careers for women: we cordially invite women to examine the benefits to them of such a degree.
What is the difference between "Divinity" and "Theology"?
None. Only the roots of the words differ - ‘Divinity’ is derived from Latin, ‘Theology’ from Greek.
What is the difference between "Divinity" and "Spirituality"?
Although it is a difficult task to differentiate between these expressions, as the interpretation varies, Theology and Religious Studies, and the History of the Church constitute the principal themes of ‘Divinity’ as used by the traditional Church, whereas Spirituality is the recognition of the eternal soul or spirit within the human being, which never dies, but returns again and again in its quest for perfection. The Roman Catholic encyclopedia defines the related term ‘spiritism’ as ‘the philosophical doctrine which holds, in general, that there is a spiritual order of beings no less real than the material and, in particular, that the soul of man is a spiritual substance.’
Is "Spirituality" not the same as "Spiritism"?
NO.The term "spiritism" refers to conferring with the spirit, energy or soul of the departed, which may be wandering in the lower etheric planes, which can often result in messages from negative entities or ‘evil spirits’. We advise against contact at such low levels. According to the New Advent encyclopedia, spiritism is ‘the name properly given to the belief that the living can and do communicate with the spirits of the departed, and to the various practices by which such communication is attempted.’
Why should I study via the Internet?
Distance education has been around for many decades, but many people are wary of specialized distance education schools on account of the great diploma mill scam years ago. Today, cyber study is the 21st century mode of teaching - the most advanced form of distance learning. Many colleges and universities throughout the world now offer online classes and even degrees, having been forced to compete with the originators of distance education. The quality of instruction is not compromised. The advantages are many: you can adjust the time taken to obtain a doctorate or other degree by the amount of time you are willing to devote to study, starting at any point within the calendar year (there are no semesters); examinations can be taken at any time suitable to you; the cost is generally only a fraction of the cost of attending campus anywhere in the world; and you need never miss a lecture again!
Why should I study at the "Akkadian College of Divinity"?
The Akkadian College of Divinity offers the highest level of education available today in divinity/spirituality, with a depth avoided or ignored by traditional religious colleges, especially those controlled by the Church; the cost is only a fraction of the cost of attending campus anywhere in the world; and almost all textbooks (always a high cost item) are free; the college prepares the clergy for developments which could hinder the continuance of their career; and prepares students for life in the 21st century, the Golden Age, when great changes occur to life as we know it; there is no other such offering known in the world today.

It is also the only college which advises students of the imminent SECOND COMING, information which is not generally available as yet, and the urgent need for those who honestly claim to preach the Gospel to correct their teachings in line with that of Esu Immanuel, so that their calling is not jeopardised by the recognition soon by the general public that their teachings have been in error. Visits to the churches begin soon to advise them of their errors and to ask that they cooperate with each other rather than call non-members 'sinners' - or worse - ..... A new dispensation is just around the corner!

Do I need to have a university education to qualify for acceptance as a student?
NO. It might certainly help and speed up progress through possible credits for subjects already taken, but as proclaimed by Esu Immanuel himself, no prior education is required to learn and teach Spirituality and we adhere to His true teachings. Study is open to all, regardless of beliefs, or lack thereof.
How soon can I start?
You may start at any time: we have no academic calendar, no semesters, as the courses are offered solely over the Internet
How do I choose the most appropriate subjects?
There are five stipulated subjects for the doctorate, among the minimum six core subjects that must be chosen. This ensures that you have the right basic information. The remaining courses may be taken from either the CORE subjects or the ELECTIVES. Each ‘year’ you select from the Core and Elective subjects. For a doctorate you will normally require 12 courses in all, plus a thesis. It should be noted that churches are now advised to have at least one telepath available to receive messages from the returning Messiah and a course in Telepathy is available these days.
How are examinations carried out?
When you consider that your understanding is such that you are ready to take an examination in any subject, you notify us of that and we will send you the examination papers by e-mail. These must be returned within seven days in order for your response to be valid. This allows you freedom to arrange vacations etc and not ‘miss’ an examination. If you fail to pass this examination the first time you may pay a fee for re-examination or change the subject. The questions in the second examination will not be the same as in the first and will be varied constantly. We issue a warning about copyright and plagiarism.
How long will it take to obtain my degree?
This depends on how much time you have available to study, and the rate of progress you make in each subject. We have no minimum or maximum time limits. As soon as you have received enough credits to qualify to take a degree examination, you can request to be examined.
Are all the courses listed available for examination?
Some courses listed, such as languages, are listed so that those who may have prior qualifications can use these as credits towards a degree, as we consider ability to speak or study in another language most helpful. We do not necessarily offer the course itself at the present time
What extra charges may be applied during my course?
There is a fee for re-examination in any subject (if you fail the first time); certain books may have to be bought, depending upon your choice of subjects - but most are available on the Internet free of charge; otherwise the fee is all-inclusive
What do I save by taking this course of studies via the Internet?
Unless you have a local university or college, you save the cost of transportation there and back several times throughout the year; you save the cost of accommodation for three years or more; you save on the cost of textbooks (most are made available free of charge over the Internet)
How can a full degree course be offered at such a low price?
The overhead is low - administration operates from an office server (computer) backed by faculty and staff who may operate from several locations worldwide; there are no buildings to own, lease or maintain; there are no physical ancillary services, such as common room, dining-room, library, union building, recreation facilities. We offer only education. Should we in the future operate a campus, the entire capital cost will be donated, so overhead will still remain low.
Are there scholarships available?
At the moment we are not aware of any scholarships covering our degree courses. This may change in the foreseeable future, if funds are received for this purpose.
Is there other financing available?
With the low cost of our courses, the requirement for financing is greatly reduced and not currently available. However, deferred payments are offered. You may pay an initial deposit of $1,000 upon application, followed by $3,000 to gain free access to textbooks, within six months of application; $2,000 before taking the first degree examination and a final $2,500 before taking the Master’s degree examination. There is a savings of 10% by paying the $7,650 fee up-front. There will be further options should we accept credit cards online in the future.
I just want an Honorary degree: what does that cost?
We do not offer Honorary degrees (honoris causa): degrees are earned by examination, just like a campus-based university or college.
I believe I have earned the right to a Doctorate Degree: how do I prove this?
We do not offer degrees based on life-work, as do some institutions. If you have already successfully undertaken courses identical to those listed in our Syllabus, provide the transcript of marks to the Dean of Admissions and you may receive exemption from retaking the course with us.
What is meant by "cyber-studies"?
This is a modern term coined to refer to studies taken entirely electronically - by means of the Internet and e-mail. This is the modern equivalent of "Distance Learning" and is rapidly becoming the standard means of education for all, regardless of age. Many universities have started to offer part of their curriculum in this way
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Is the College accredited by universal accreditation agencies?
Most theological schools have submitted themselves to government approved agencies set up to (control and) judge the quality of academic excellence in different universities and colleges, but a college or school of divinity cannot submit to temporal laws and therefore we would seek accreditation only from non-government agencies that deal solely with spiritual institutions. Although accreditation serves a useful purpose, it can be a means of restricting information taught: note that, for instance, the Massachusetts School of Law (whose fees alone are $12,000 per annum) is not accredited, but their graduates are still eagerly sought after
Is there a campus we can visit if we are in the area?
We have no campus as all activities are carried out by electronic means, from various sources, and our students are located world-wide, but there are individuals available to discuss matters with both graduates and undergraduates when necessary.

It is anticipated that by 2008 a fully-funded headquarters office will be established in Vancouver, Canada, where visitors can stay, make personal contact with the faculty, and clarify any matters related to their studies. Graduation photographs can then be taken in a beautiful garden setting which you can cherish for all time.

So what do I do to start?
  1. Read the information on this website completely: it should answer all your questions
  2. Re-examine the list of subjects, especially those which are compulsory or Core subjects
  3. Short-list the subjects you wish to take and the order in which they are to be taken
  4. Submit an Application Form (provided on the website) with a minimum payment of $1,000 (ask for details on making payment). There is a discount for payment in full.
  5. When you make the second payment of $3,000 you will be provided with confidential, electronic access to textbooks and papers so that they can be downloaded or read from the web.
  6. Advise us when you are ready to write examinations
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!

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