A "Theological Institution" begins

While the first mention of a theological "seminary" at Harvard does not occur in the records until October 1816 and the first mention of a theological "faculty" occurs in 1819, the earliest record of organized study of divinity appears in the General Repository and Review, v. 1 (1812), p. 209-10.

Early Curriculum

The curriculum of the “Divinity College, Cambridge,” largely consisted of biblical studies, pastoral theology, and “evidences.”  Readings might have included Paley’s Evidences of the Christian Faith  and, what would have been considered innovative at the time, Palfrey’s Grammar – quite a contrast to the Coleridge and Carlyle that inspired and influenced Emerson.