This is another in a series of posts about the documented hypocrisy of the Discovery Institute. While they pretend to be champions of academic freedom by promoting their phoney Academic Freedom bills, and scream to the heavens when a creationist is disciplined for promoting religion in a state school’s science class, they never object when someone is stopped from teaching evolution at a creationist school — see The Reality of Creationist “Academic Freedom”.
We’ve previously pointed out their shameful silence regarding “expelled” teachers at La Sierra and Bryan College– see “Academic Freedom” for Creationists Only, and then at Nazarene University — see Hey, Discoveroids: Is This Academic Freedom?, where a tenured professor was fired.
In state school science courses they demand the freedom to wedge in their Oogity Boogity nonsense — disguised as the “weaknesses” of the theory of evolution. But when creationist schools throw out those who teach genuine science, they give tacit approval by their silence. They never demand that science should be taught in bible colleges — and they never defend the academic freedom of those who teach science in such places.
We have a new situation today which will further expose the Discoveroids’ hypocrisy. At the website of Christian Today, located in London, which describes itself as “an independent Christian media company,” we read Professor at Christian college resigns after it insists on anti-evolution statement. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A prominent evangelical philosophy professor has resigned from the Christian Bethel College in Indiana after it espoused creationism in a statement on human origins. Dr Jim Stump, an award-winning teacher who has worked at Bethel since 1998 and specialises in philosophy of science, said he had resigned of his own choice because he did not wish to remain under the new creationist policy and bring “tension” to the college.
For those who don’t know, they inform us:
Bethel College is affiliated to the Missionary Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana which has its own roots in Mennonite, Amish and holiness movements from the Anabaptist tradition.
We need some information about that “new creationist policy.” Here it comes:
The new “philosophy of origins” policy was adopted by the college trustees last month and includes the statement: “We believe that the first man, Adam, was created by an immediate act of God and not by a process of evolution.” This is an article of the Missionary Church which, until the change in policy, faculty staff did not have to sign up to.
The policy says academic staff should investigate and teach all viewpoints on origins but this doctrine is “a corporate commitment on Adam and all humanity” and is essential to distinguish humanity from animals, as made in God’s image.
The new statement says the special creation of Adam by God “should be advocated as the official, meritorious, and theologically responsible position of the College, without disparagement.”
But that’s not all. Let’s read on:
Academics at Bethel must affirm each year that God is the Creator of all things, that the Bible is infallible and other deeply conservative Christian doctrines such as that the personal return of Christ will bring about “the end of the present age, the judgment and the beginning of the glorious age to come”. The aim is not to suppress views on evolution, but “prevent public contradiction or disparagement of this corporate commitment”, the statement says.
M’god — they have to affirm that each year! What did Dr Stump do when confronted with this? We continue:
In a letter released jointly with Bethel College president Dr Gregg Chenoweth, Dr Stump says he respects the right of Bethel trustees to determine policies for the college and recognises the new policy “reflects the will of the broader community of which Bethel is part.” He said he chose to resign and that many Bethel leaders have been “extraordinarily supportive”. He also says Bethel is an “effective institution” but believes God now directs him to “other ways” of serving the Kingdom.
We can imagine that divine directive: Hey, Stumpy — pack up and get out of that place. Run far; run fast! Here’s more:
Dr Chenoweth in his accompanying statement says countless alumni and current students name Dr Stump as a “star” in the constellation of their Bethel experience. He affirmed the college’s commitment to academic rigour within the Christian context. He says he is confident that dispute “is not the signpost of error”.
Oh, this is interesting:
Stump is a member of the science-and-faith Biologos Forum which attempts to present an “evolutionary understanding of God’s creation”.
Biologos is all about Theistic evolution. Their website has an article about Dr. Stump’s resignation: Response to Jim Stump’s Resignation from Bethel College.
So there you are, dear reader. This is another opportunity for the Discoveroids — as the primary champions of academic freedom, as well as “teaching the controversy” — to speak out boldly on behalf of Dr. Stump. Will they seize the moment? We’ve been shocked — shocked! — when we’ve said before in such cases that a highly principled outfit like the Discoveroids will do the right thing. But they never do. We’re starting to suspect that they’re just a pack of crazed creationist fanatics.
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