Friday, April 11, 2008

Cedarville Damage Control

Cedarville is trying to repair its damaged reputation. Alumni members recently received an e-mail from President Bill Brown with the strong assertion that Cedarville is unwavering in its committment to its theological history.

Brown will be speaking on the topic on April 14th during the regularly scheduled Cedarville chapel service.

I'm hoping that Brown will directly answer the allegations set forth by the Coalition of the Concerned.


Matt Brown said...

You are a Cedarville alum, correct? Else, how would you have known about this email?

I thought it was interesting that Dixon and Gromacki both made arguments that Cedarville had not changed its theological/doctrinal positions. Those two men would certainly know about what's happening on campus.

Owen said...

Hi, Matt,

The statements from the Coalition of the Concerned have not been answered. Brown addressed the Cedarville University chapel yesterday and while he talked about the Emergent church, he did not mention the certainty issue. Holding to an uncertainty view does not violate the Cedarville doctrinal statement because it cannot be found there in any form (it is a hole in the statement). Someone from the Coalition of the Concerned needs to clear the air over this topic or there will continue to be lingering suspicion of Cedarville's stance.

Also troubling is the dissatisfaction of the staff with the administration. Cedarville has stopped doing faculty/staff satisfaction surveys since they have dipped so low in the national figures over the last few years.

The Coalition signers assert that their input into the tenure process is being ignored and specifically overwritten.

One last thing before I head to work, Brown's speech in chapel more or less declared the end of apologetics. While he encouraged the audience to have an answer for the hope that lies within them, he also stated that we can no longer appeal to the rational mind with proofs of the Bible's accuracy (i.e. the death of apologetics). I strongly disagree. Just because the world has bought into a new philosophy does not mean that the human mind has lost its capacity to reason...

If the world becomes calloused to sin, that does not mean our message should change. It just means that the work becomes harder.

david rudd said...

I would tend to put less weight in what the "coalition" is saying than in what dixon and gromacki are saying.

the board of trustees has unanimously voiced their support of the administration, and the coalition seems to consist largely of older profs and staff members who are likely struggling to transition away from dixon's leadership style.