|"[I]t wouldn't be the first time thought-police on Baylor's faculty tried to suppress a scholar for harboring views they despised." |
WACO, Texas (BP)--Controversy continues at Baylor University as the Baptist-affiliated school has denied tenure to a faculty member who is president-elect of the 4,000-member Evangelical Theological Society.
Francis Beckwith, associate director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies and associate professor of church-state studies, was notified March 24 he would not be granted tenure.
The move prompted an extensive article by the editor of First Things, a noted journal published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life led by Catholic theologian Richard John Neuhaus.
Whereas Baylor had been “serious about trying to become the premier Christian research university in America,” First Things editor Joseph Bottum wrote March 27, “Today, the plan is in tatters, and Baylor has apparently decided to sink back into its diminished role as a not terribly distinguished regional school. Read More