Moderate Faculty Leave
The effects of the conservative-moderate battles in the Southern Baptist Convention are increasingly evident at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which could lose up to half of its faculty by the end of the 1991–92 academic year, according to a Religious News Service (RNS) report.
The rash of “voluntary departures,” primarily of moderate scholars, will enable conservatives to solidify their control over the faculty. “We now have a greater opportunity than ever before to hire more of the kind of people the Southern Baptist Convention wants on our seminary faculty,” said president Louis Drummond.
Five of the seminary’s 24 faculty members have officially announced plans to leave, but reports indicate as many as half plan to go. One of the departing professors, Samuel Balentine, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, told RNS a main reason faculty are leaving is dissatisfaction with the seminary’s direction.
What Do Americans Believe?
While an estimated 74 percent of Americans strongly agree that “there is only one true God, who is holy and perfect, and who created the world and rules it today,” an estimated 64 percent either strongly agree or somewhat agree with the assertion that “there is no such thing as absolute truth.”
Those are some of the findings from a new survey of 1,005 people nationwide by evangelical pollster George Barna, entitled The Barna Report: What Americans Believe, 1991. Barna says in the report that “the evidence continues to mount which suggests that while religion is important, it is not central. People are more likely than ever to state that they do not have a high degree of confidence in religious institutions; to feel that being part of a local church ...1
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