>This is starting to make its way through the blogoshpere so some of you may have already seen it but I want to share it here anyway. Professor John Stackhouse recently posted “Thinking about a Ph.D.?, Suggestions for Master’s Degree-Level Students Considering Ph.D. Studies, especially in Religion, Theology, and the Like.” I found it to be detailed and thoughtful. Although some of the items are fairly intuitive, putting it all together like this is helpful. The points he raised should be enough to scare off anyone who is considering a Ph.D. for the wrong reasons. Perhaps some of you who have gone through or are going through the process can give us some additional insights about motivations, the work of the program, family life, the job search afterwards, etc.