Justin Taylor recently noted:
Brad Green has a very informative essay in Touchstone Magazine about Starr, the future of Baylor, and the trajectory of Christian higher education.
Here’s a snippet:
Sloan voluntarily resigned in 2005, served as chancellor for a brief time, and then left Baylor to become president of Houston Baptist University in 2006. After he stepped down, Bill Underwood, a professor in Baylor’s law school, stepped in to serve as interim president. In an odd move, Underwood immediately—in his first day in office, in fact—removed David Lyle Jeffrey as Baylor’s provost.
Jeffrey and Underwood clearly had different visions concerning the nature of Christian higher education and of academic freedom, differences that they aired out in a debate on October 27, 2004. Whereas Jeffrey understood that the lordship of Christ should shape and inform the Christian intellectual quest in meaningful and significant ways, and that there was nothing un-Christian about a community enforcing certain theological parameters, Underwood represented a strain of Baptist thought that places such a high premium on “liberty” and “freedom” (defined generally in Enlightenment terms) that to speak of any constrictions on them whatsoever, even in a Baptist university, is virtually anathema.
Read the whole thing.