So for Emmanuel ‘Christian’ Seminary, Money is the Determinative Factor, Not Scholarship, Education, or Academic Integrity

15 Oct

Scholarship doesn’t matter – it appears – at Emmanuel, money does.

The president of a Tennessee seminary told a tenured professor that his views were offending prospective students and possible donors and that he should look for work elsewhere.

The trouble began when Christopher Rollston, a professor of Old Testament and Semitic Studies at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a graduate seminary affiliated with the Restoration Movement, wrote an opinion article for The Huffington Post’s religion section about the marginal status of women in the Bible. “To embrace the dominant biblical view of women would be to embrace the marginalization of women,” Rollston wrote. “And sacralizing patriarchy is just wrong.”

Rollston is completely right to write as he has written and his view is both theologically and biblically correct.  If prospective students at Emmanuel or donors think otherwise it’s merely an indication of their own theological ignorance.

Further, the fact that the school is acting as it is purely for the sake of money shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that Mr Blowers and his cohorts are more interested in money than truth.  And that means Emmanuel has ceased to be an institution of higher learning and is now simply a money collecting agency.  How sad.

Congratulations Mr Blowers, you and your ilk have managed to destroy a school and turn it into a gathering of greedy televangelists telling the ignorant flock what it desperately wishes to hear just to make a buck.



9 responses to “So for Emmanuel ‘Christian’ Seminary, Money is the Determinative Factor, Not Scholarship, Education, or Academic Integrity

  1. carl sweatman

    15 Oct 2012 at 11:54 am

    Does ECS seriously know–as a fact–that Rollston is “offending” (or “alienating”) prospective students? How can they know that? Have they conducted any surveys to verify that claim? If they don’t and haven’t, then that reason for letting Rollston go is a load of σκύβαλα.


    • Jim

      15 Oct 2012 at 12:13 pm

      rollston has brought NOTHING but honor to them. this is how they thank him. reprehensible.


  2. carl sweatman

    15 Oct 2012 at 1:27 pm

    If ECS is this concerned about the ostensible effects one person can have on prospective students, what is the level of concern for the genuine effects they as an institution have on prospective employees? Or do they even care?


    • Jim

      15 Oct 2012 at 1:33 pm

      evidently their only concern is money. the god of this age.


  3. Joe Zias

    15 Oct 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Amen, amen, like some of the goings on here, Ron Wyatt discovered 92 archaeological sites and aside from a few academics, hardly a word from the fundamentalists here. Seems messianic Jews, settlers, missionaries top their list of things to do while a few Americans posing as archaeologists run roughshod over the naive believers, who do not deserve this treatment.


  4. Christopher Skinner

    15 Oct 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Absolutely shameless.