It's a tough time for Christian higher education. As noted in Weblog yesterday, Dallas Theological Seminary is being castigated in the media for allowing an alleged sex offender to return to the school in the 1980s—and not telling churches about it when they considered hiring him. On the other side of the country, Princeton Theological Seminary is being ridiculed for the drug arrest of two of its students. "I guess it's their own form of incense," joked Lt. Dennis McManimon of the marijuana the pair was smoking. "I can't recall we ever arrested a seminary student for drugs," he said. "We've made arrests at the school, but not for smoking [pot] on the seminary steps." Smoking on the seminary steps! What were they, high or something?

Meanwhile, Trinity International University has completely fired Winston Frost from any post at Trinity Law School. Frost had been dean of the school, but is accused of plagiarizing the Encyclopedia Britannica for an article in the school's law review. He was fired from his post as dean a week ago, and now it looks like he's losing his teaching position as well, pending a vote by the faculty Senate and the university's Board of Regents. Frost still denies any plagiarism (The school is "using their own self-styled definition of plagiarism, … not a legal definition," says his lawyer, who says Frost only made "footnoting errors"), but his Trinity Law Review article wasn't an isolated case. An article for the Conference on Faith and History's Fides et Historia (one of Weblog's favorite scholarly journals) apparently also contains entire sections lifted from the encyclopedia.

If these stories about Christian higher education get you down, you can always consider attending Phoenix's Astrological Institute. ...

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