PhD in Metaphysics vs Doctor of Divinity Religious degrees

The Esoteric Interfaith Church, Inc. and its earlier branch the unincorporated Metaphysical Interfaith Church have been ordaining ministers since 1987. But two years later the church also established a seminary to further train our ministers and alternative clergy and has been granting religious degrees ever since.

Today one of our degree candidates — who will also become an ordained minister at no extra cost — asked about the Ph.D. versus the Doctor of Divinity degree. She has studied the Barbara Brennan  healing system and is already working in the field as a spiritual healer. Of course she wants ordination as a minister in order to protect herself legally and be able to set and accept suggested donations for PhD in Metaphysics Doctor of Divinity for spiritual healers ordained ministers reiki practitionersher pastoral counseling and spiritual healing practice. But she also wants a religious doctorate degree to reassure those in her circle and give her parishioners / members added peace of mind. The word “Doctor” in front of a spiritual healing minister’s name isn’t about prestige but about reassurance and confidence in the one who is serving humanity. She asked:

QUESTION: My intention is to teach workshops at bookstores, healing centers and workshop centers as well as  having my own “clients” in my spiritual ministry.  I also wish to reach Hospice Centers and Rehab Centers that are connected to the Hospitals.  Do you still think the Ph.D. in Metaphysics is more beneficial than the Doctor of Divinity degree?  Which religious degree is more ‘beneficial, accepted and known’ in mainstream hospitals and healing centers?

ANSWER:  Both degrees allow you to attach Dr. to the front of your name, but the PhD in Metaphysics also allows you to attach PhD to the end of your name. The PhD is known all over the world and is the most widely recognized and highest ranking doctorate degree compared to the Doctor of Divinity.  Some mainstream hospitals and healing centers might not understand what “Metaphysics” is, but they also won’t necessarily know what a doctorate in “Divinity” is.  If you were in the U.K., I’d tell you to go with the Doctor of Divinity because that degree is the highest pinnacle of education for the U.K. and Europe. But the Doctor of Divinity doesn’t mean healing to them, rather academic achievement. In your case, I keep leaning toward the PhD in Metaphysics for you because it is for religious philosophers, but also has to do with spiritual healing. The PhD in Metaphysics is the most common degree of choice for spiritual healers and actually allows the holder to call themselves a “metaphysician” and a “doctor”. Many like the term meta-physician meaning “beyond a physician”, or a different kind of healing, not “mere” physical healing. Some do hypnotherapy, Reiki, EFT and even NLP.

Of course our metaphysicians do not practice medicine without a license, we are only talking about spiritual healing here.   Even so, the words have power and are applied to all healers, all practitioners of body, mind and spirit healing modalities. We have conferred the PhD in Metaphysics on dozens of graduates over the years.

9 thoughts on “PhD in Metaphysics vs Doctor of Divinity Religious degrees

  1. MOHAMMED A. Q. CHOWDHURY

    I AM INTERESTED TO OBTAIN Ph. D. IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN IN DETAILS. I ALREADY HAVE OBTAINED B.A. (Honors) DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY AND MASTER’S DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, DHAKA, BANGLADESH.
    I ALSO HAVE PASSED LL.B. ( BACHELOR OF LAW ) DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BANGLADESH.
    I ALSO HAVE OBTAINED 36 MASTER’S LEVEL CREDITS IN EDUCATION FROM VARIOUS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY OF U.S.A. AND ALSO HAVE OBTAINED 11 CREDITS OF LL.M. ( MASTER OF LAW ) FROM TOURO LAW SCHOOL, NEW YORK.

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  2. Charles McLendon

    I have a B.A. in Political Science, a Master of Divinity with double majors in Education and Psychology and Doctor in Juris Prudence. I also have 500+ hours work in the field. If I sent in this portfolio, how much prep could I exempt how soon could I receive my Phd?

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  3. Reverend Dominique Ankrah

    Please I wish to donate and earn your honorary doctorate of divinity.I am Rev.Ankrah,general overseer and founder of DOOR OF HOPE OUTREACH MINISTRIES.

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  4. george tolbert

    I studied new testament Greek for 4 years and I am still able to function in the language after 30 years. I spent 3 years in the mission field with Y.W.A.M in Mexico. I was lecturer and on New Testament Exegesis and also am a worship leader and a musician. But the last few years I have been exploring ancient mysticism and tea leaf reading and Devine healing. A advanced degree in metaphysics would be a great addition to my doctor of divinity.

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  5. precious

    I will like to know if you have financial aid available. I have a masters in psychology and I am interested in the metaphysics PhD.

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  6. Mike

    I have a Bachelor’s in Sociology and am trying to figure out the best route to working as a counselor and/or chaplain. I’m highly interested in Metaphysics, New Thought, Spirituality & World Religions, Psychotherapy and would like to eventually get trained in EMDR. I’m currently researching Master’s programs and find myself lost in the maze of MA vs. MS, Divinity, Counseling, Psychology etc. I’ve considered the Holmes Institute for their Master’s in Consciousness Studies but not sure where that would leave me. Any help/suggestions is sincerely appreciated.

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