Beeson Divinity School

Discussion in 'Seminaries, Colleges & Education' started by elnwood, Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. elnwood

    elnwood Puritan Board Junior

    Does anyone here know or have heard anything about this seminary? I hear good things about Dean Timothy George and others on the faculty.
     
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I'm sure you could do much worse, but if I were a Baptist it would not be at the top of the list unless it was due to geographic limitations. (Technically it is interdenominational although it is on the campus of Samford University, a Baptist school.) George is solid on many things, but was also one of the big cheerleaders for Evangelicals and Catholics Together. They also seem to be regarded by some as being soft on the gender issue and do not take a formal position on it. A look at their website will reveal a number of female faculty who are listed as "professors of divinity". What their role is, I don't know.
     
  3. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Moderator Staff Member

    Two of the women profs are in NT, one is in pastoral care/counseling.

    As to where Dr. George comes from, cf. the following observations . . .

    TULIPs or ROSES
     
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    From the conclusion of the article Dennis linked:

    Since George is an executive editor at Christianity Today, that his teaching would tend toward broad evangelicalism should be no surprise.
     
  5. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Moderator Staff Member

    George is an interesting fellow. With his doctorate from Harvard he is comfortable with the likes of American Baptist Harvey Cox. Yet, his volume on the theology of the Reformers has been hailed as a standard text. He also serves on the board of the SBC Founders Journal, made up of professing Calvinists. His role with ECT is well known as is his work with Christianity Today. I agree with Chris that he seems intent on being "broadly evangelical."
     
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I think that's true of a great many of those in the SBC. Whatever broad evangelicalisms faults, of course it's still a vast improvement over liberalism. But the kinds of concerns expressed here on the PB and elsewhere over worship, the RPW, etc. are completely foreign to many who would identify themselves as Calvinists. Of course the same could be said of many in the PCA, unfortunately, and there are even those in the OPC who will write in to the denominational magazine and advocate for pictures of Christ in response to an article setting forth the confessional position. And the gender issue is one that needs more emphasis as well. For example, the headline in Baptist Press proclaimed that Mike Huckabee defended the Baptist Faith and Message's complementarianism in one of the debates when he in fact contradicted it. But since he didn't come right out and say "I disagree with it", it was apparently thought that he defended it.
     
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