Nor is Covenant College alone: Dallas Theological Seminary hosts feminist...
The egalitarian/feminist tide inside once-staunch bastions of Biblical Christianity continues to flow. If you're keeping score you can add to Moody, Wheaton, Columbia Bible College, Covenant College and Seminary, and--with the advent of the James family--Reformed Seminary the once-proud bulwark of masculine preaching, Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).
Undisclosed to the public on the DTS web site was the fact that the speaker for this year's W.H. Griffith Thomas Memorial Lectureship chapel series would be a prominent proponent of egalitarian feminism. Though the lectureship itself was thoroughly celebrated on Dallas's site, the fact that this year's speaker would be feminist theologican Alice Matthews was concealed in public announcements and alumni mailings prior to last week's chapel series.
Despite Matthews's role being hidden from public view, it was clearly announced on campus privately. Here's one such announcement from a campus ezine:
W. H. GRIFFITH THOMAS MEMORIAL LECTURES | February 7-10 Dr. Alice P. Matthews, Distinguished Professor Emerita at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, is the speaker for this series of messages in chapel February 7-10, 2006. Her series title is, "Are Men from Mars and Women from Venus? Some Building Blocks for a Biblical Anthropology of Gender." She will be available to meet with students during the afternoon on February 7-9. Contact Megan O'Bryant in the Academic Dean's Office (214-841-3680, firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an appointment.
Chapel attendance is still mandatory for Dallas students. Do you suppose conscientiously Biblical students who objected to the Matthews sermons were excused from the chapel series?
Do you suppose Dallas will be informing alumni of this lectureship? Perhaps it's a scheduling issue, but I notice there is still no mention of the Matthews series on Dallas's chapel webcast page.
What surprises me most about this is the cowardice of it. The last thing I'd normally accuse Chuck Swindoll of being is a coward. On the positive side, perhaps the fact that they've attempted to hide the offense speaks of a lingering conscience at Dallas.