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March 01, 2005

Professor Fired for Heresy at Huntington College

The Chronicle of Higher Education tells us that Huntington College actually fired a professor for heresy. I don't find this unjustified, since it is a religious college; actually, it is rather encouraging that anybody cares about as purely theological a point as this.

The Board of Trustees of Huntington College, a United Brethren Church institution in Indiana, wants to get rid of John E. Sanders in the worst way. Mr. Sanders, 48, a research professor of philosophy and religion, has been at the college for seven years.

The board spent much of a three-day retreat in Carefree, Ariz., last month considering the large outpouring of support for Mr. Sanders from Huntington's president, faculty members, and students, before offering him a one-year paid sabbatical next academic year and at least one more year's salary if he agrees to resign.

The problem is that Mr. Sanders is a prominent proponent of Open Theism. That minority approach within evangelical theology maintains that the future, rather than being foreordained, unfolds through a continuous give-and-take between God and humans.

Posted by erasmuse at March 1, 2005 02:20 PM

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