Since 1982, Fuller Theological Seminary has offered a course in healing and miracles. Originally called “Signs, Wonders and Church Growth,” course number MC510 quickly became the Pasadena, California, seminary’s most popular—and most controversial—class.
The faculty council of Fuller’s School of Theology voted last spring to deny theology students credit for the course. And last month, MC510 was canceled by the faculty council of Fuller’s School of World Mission, the same faculty that designed the course. The January 27 issue of Semi, the campus newspaper, said the course would not be offered during the current academic year “to permit time to review the … foundations of God’s usual and unusual intervention in the human process.”
The cancellation came as a surprise to many. Last fall, it was thought that a faculty-student task force, initiated by seminary president David Allan Hubbard, had satisfied the criticisms raised by the School of Theology. The School of World Mission faculty voted in December to offer a revised course, retitled “The Miraculous and Church Growth.” That course will not be offered unless further action is taken.
Student reaction to the cancellation of MC510 came swiftly. The three student representatives on the task force led a rally that attracted about 120 students and one professor. Nearly all the students present signed a petition in support of the course. The petition accompanied a letter to Fuller’s new provost, Larry DenBesten, urging that MC510 be offered this spring, provided the School of Theology agrees with the revised course syllabus.
“Our task force met every concern that had been voiced, … and we feel the faculty council needs to trust our work,” said student Tom Messenger. “We voted unanimously ...1
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