Bryan College could lose faculty over creationism dispute
The Dayton college named after one of creationism's most famous defenders is embroiled in a controversy over Adam and Eve.
William Jennings Bryan helped prosecute the Scopes Monkey Trial. Now Bryan College could lose up to a quarter of its full-time faculty over a dispute that began in February when the trustees clarified the school's statement of belief.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1mIufp8 ) the statement already expressed a view that man was created by God. The clarification states that Adam and Eve were historical people who were not created from previously existing life forms.
Since that move, the school's 44 professors have voted 30-2 no confidence in the school's president, with six abstaining; students and alumni have penned petitions over the controversy; and one trustee has resigned....
The newspaper hype comes from the misrepresentation of the problem. It is not a problem that the professors don't support creationism, As the title/article brief suggests; it is the way the president changed the charter. That is my point. It is hype, in that a casual reader (see the story on skimming) may think more and more Christians are fleeing creationism.
SteveR, I would suggest that you read the comments that are in the newspaper itself, most are quite good. Most commentors support the change, because it's Biblical. One did point out that if this change is allowed other changes could occur with a future board, which would pro-evolution, for instance.
Anyway, considering the controversy that it has created at this school with faculty and students, it isn't just newspaper hype.
The interesting thing about it is that ithe argument doesn't seem to be about creation vs evolution; it's about the Schools President changing a charter that specifically states it cannot be changed. I'm not sure about the angle; but the title of the article makes it seem like they don't agree with creation.... Sad that the media wants to create a hype.