In this same vein, religious seminaries supposedly want to teach you to think about what you believe and why, rather than teaching you what to believe. It may be that they are more generally successful than secular institutions?
What does the Bible say?
On one hand, it tells us to examine ourselves; for example,
- whether we be in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5)
- to think, and examine our thinking (Matthew 17:25; Matthew 18:12; Matthew 21:28; Matthew 22:17, 42, et al.).
- our motives in taking the Lord ’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:28)
- we have a delivered body of faith for which we should contend (Jude 3)
- our foundation is the teachings of Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets (Ephesians 2:20) in which we should firmly stand (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
- we are to teach disciples to observe all things that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:20)
- the faith should be committed to faithful persons who pass it on to others (2 Timothy 2:2)
- there is only one gospel, from which we cannot diverge (Galatians 1:8-9)
Note: my conclusion in general is that Jesus Christ places pastors and teachers in the churches, and it is to the churches we should resort to learn of the meek and lowly One and his doctrine rather than to the ivory towers of higher education.