If there were not places of higher learning, do you not see how error would replace the truth of what God meant?
We all can get together around a campfire and discuss the Scriptures but there are some things that only come from those who have studied deeply in the Word of God. IF men had not been to places of higher learning, would the Baptists and Church of God would be baptizing babies as the RCC said we should be doing?
Just look at some of the conversation on this web site. People have come to blows over whether or not water baptism is required to be saved. If 10 or twenty Catholic believers talk it over, do you think that their understanding will change.
If a bunch of Methodists get together with the Catholics, do you really believe that talking about it will change their mind?
The greatest "higher learning" that any one can have is at the feet of Jesus with a bible qs it were.
I do not see Saul of Tarsus with all his learning and study get anywhere or have a better understanding of scripture that Peter James and John who were recognised as "ignorant and unlearned men"
it is good to have a higher education if you cna get it as it can train the mind .But I would also argue that the reformers yous peak of were more tarnsformed by the RENEWAL of their minds rather than anything thier education primarily gave themm.
For was not their education the same as anybody elses in that regard?
Any profit we might get from "all getting round a cmapfire and discussing " would come if by the same token all our minds were in submission to the min d of Christ as well.. if there be any strife or contentions it is at best out of a misunderstanding of scripture at second best ; carnality or worse trying to get the natural man to understand spiritual truths without the Holy Spirit .