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Professor Dismissed by Southwest Baptist University

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by rlvaughn, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. rlvaughn

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    A Call for Action: We Want Bass Back
    The above linked page has a number of links to original documentation re this controversy whether Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Missouri (et al.) -- which is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention -- is truly and sincerely aligned with the doctrine of the Missouri Baptist Convention and the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.
     
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    Wow, that's crazy. I see they don't offer an MDiv, just a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.

    These local schools are all seeming to go off the rails. Ours "broke up" with the state convention a decade ago, there's no way I would recommend Campbell Divinity school over Southeastern, or even over an online program from Liberty.
     
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    David Dockery brought in to clean up after fired associate professor Clint Bass blasts former colleagues:

    Baptist Press January 2, 2019

    "The day after Bass released his statement, SBU issued a news release announcing it had 'commissioned an external peer assessment committee that will lead a University-wide dialogue regarding faith and learning. Included within this assessment will be deeper conversations and evaluations regarding orthodoxy.' The committee will be chaired, SBU stated, by David Dockery, president of Trinity International University."

    "SBU told Baptist Press in a Jan. 2 statement;, 'As the University has previously stated publicly, a faculty member at SBU was provided a Notice of Dismissal that outlined personal behavior concerning conduct violations of SBU's Faculty Handbook. Since the employee's dismissal, public discussions have mischaracterized the theological views and stances of the University.'"

    "In defense of SBU, a Dec. 22 blog post by one of Bass's former SBU faculty colleagues, Zach Manis, claimed Bass was fired for 'gross professional misconduct' and defended the theological orthodoxy of faculty....Rodney Reeves, dean of Redford College....said he affirmed the inerrancy of Scripture and had been 'grieving for days over Clint's dismissal'....a letter from SBU President Eric Turner....noted among 'grounds for dismissal' 'collecting evidence and ascribing views to [faculty colleagues] without personal interaction' and 'use of non-credible information to formulate accusations against fellow faculty members'....'Bass made serious allegations' orally to Turner and SBU Provost Lee Skinkle regarding his 'colleagues' personal and theological positions,' Turner wrote. 'The allegations made were determined as unfounded' following 'a systematic inquiry' by Skinkle. Turner accused Bass of using 'notes and accusations as leverage' after being denied a promotion."
     
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    Clean up or cover up? It will be interesting to see.
     
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    What?

    According to SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford, Trinity's president David Dockery is "the doyen of Christian higher education":

    President Dockery lauded
     
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    Don't know anything about Dockery, but I suspect the school won't be happy with full disclosure. (Bass probably won't be either.) The professor and school are saying things that are definitely contradictory. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

    In the Baptist Press article linked above it mentions the professor "collecting evidence and ascribing views to [faculty colleagues] without personal interaction." On the other hand, this Overview of Evidence mentions times when the professor directly communicated with his colleagues about these matters.
     
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    Reading through "the evidence", it seems like Dr. Bass is a bit of a tattle tale.

    Regardless, I believe both sides need to look up and read the parable of the Wheat and the Darnels.
     
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    Documents Reveal Plot to Remove Other Profs
    associate professor Clint Bass
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    Numerous issues are present. One is the nasty nature of politics. Another is the issue that confessionalism is important, and that the local church is probably the better place for theological studies to take place, as it is the “Pillar and ground of the truth.”
    It will be interesting how this turns out.
     
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    I see the faculty saying "baptists aren't credal."

    Ok, sure. But if you're employed by a parachurch entity, who's salary is funded by the members of a convention, and your job description includes training young minds, then it's not out of the question to require a bit of orthodoxy.

    No one is forcing you to affirm a creed, because no one is forcing you to take the job.
     
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