Southwestern Baptist Seminary admits first Muslim student

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Backwoods Presbyterian

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Unfortunately the ARP seminary has been admitting Muslims into the D.Min program (through its contract with the Army) for several years.

(It's part of what is wrong with the entire seminary system, but that is another thread)
 

SolaScriptura

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Unfortunately the ARP seminary has been admitting Muslims into the D.Min program (through its contract with the Army) for several years.

I'm not sure how many (if any) Muslim imams have actually gone through the program - there's only a handful in the entire Army, but I do know that at least one rabbi has gone through. Predictably, he raised a stink when the professors prayed in Jesus' name.

At any rate, you are correct in noting that by signing a contract with the US Army, they have to take whoever the Army sends. When you want Caesar's shekels inevitably you'll have to deal with Caesar's shackles.
 

Herald

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This is truly shocking to me. I cannot believe that Dr. Patterson would allow a Muslim to be admitted contrary to the school's charter, which states that only those who make a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ are to be admitted. I don't even think that Liberty would sink this low. SMH. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary admits its first Muslim student - The Washington Post

Don't underestimate Liberty's ability to lower it's standards further.

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kodos

Puritan Board Junior
Wow. How sad to hear about conservative Seminaries (I'd imagine the ARP seminary is pretty conservative) admitting unbelievers.

My other question - why would a Jew or a Muslim want to go to a Christian Seminary? Other than to cause mischief. We can only hope that being exposed to the Means of Grace would bring about conversion!
 

CharlieJ

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If my information is correct, this student is studying a PhD in Archaeology. That makes all the difference. A PhD is an academic qualification; it doesn't give him ministry credentials. Assuming SWBTS has a good program in a specialty he's interested in (I don't know much about the school or program), what's the matter? If he can do the work, why discriminate against him?

This raises broader questions about seminaries, i.e. ministerial training schools, having programs that don't pertain directly to ministerial training.
 

SolaSaint

Puritan Board Sophomore
Charlie, that is where I'm confused, a Theological Seminary offering a PhD in Archaeology? Huh.
 

Andres

Puritan Board Doctor
If my information is correct, this student is studying a PhD in Archaeology. That makes all the difference. A PhD is an academic qualification; it doesn't give him ministry credentials. Assuming SWBTS has a good program in a specialty he's interested in (I don't know much about the school or program), what's the matter? If he can do the work, why discriminate against him?

This raises broader questions about seminaries, i.e. ministerial training schools, having programs that don't pertain directly to ministerial training.

As Bill stated in the OP, SBTS charter states only those who make a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ are to be admitted. That alone should be problematic.
 

DMcFadden

Puritanboard Commissioner
At any rate, you are correct in noting that by signing a contract with the US Army, they have to take whoever the Army sends. When you want Caesar's shekels inevitably you'll have to deal with Caesar's shackles.

Wow! That is a GREAT turn of phrase. I will CERTAINLY appropriate it.
 

belin

Puritan Board Freshman
Extend the same logic. What is wrong with a non-believer heading a non-ministerial research program in a seminary? Very sad!
 

Leslie

Puritan Board Junior
Who is paying for this M's education? Some little old lady donating from her social security check? If the tuition entirely covers the cost of the education, then it's not as bad as if $ are taken from the Kingdom of God to prepare unbelievers to pursue unbelievers' agendas.
 
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