Greetings to longtime readers and a warm welcome to the many new people who have stumbled upon this site!
I mentioned in early June that the blog would be quiet this summer. After a tumultuous 2010 & 2011, OBU's fundamentalist encroachment has subsided somewhat. Top administrators have made their true intentions known, however. This means OBU still needs a watchdog. OBU administrators currently lack the political cover necessary to complete their desired transformation. But as soon as they believe they can get away with it, they will complete the fundamentalist re-orientation of the religion department and move on to other areas of the university.
These days, I'm spending less of my "Save OBU" time and effort on OBU. Sure, I'm getting emails about various staff and faculty personnel changes. I hear from a number of prospective students weighing their hopes for a great experience at OBU against the realities of what the administrators' actions have wrought.
Increasingly, however, I'm hearing from constituents of other Christian colleges. Some are asking why I'm complaining about relatively minor goings-on at OBU when several other Baptist schools are in the throes of full-on fundamentalist takeovers that may result in harm to their reputations, financial ruin, and loss of accreditation. Others, mostly from evangelical colleges that are not Baptist affiliated, are wondering how the problems at OBU, Cedarville, Shorter, Truett-McConnell, Brewton-Parker, Louisiana College, etc. could even happen at all.
I'll continue to monitor the OBU situation as best I can. But in a future post, I'll lay out a vision for a collective effort wherein constituents of a variety of Christian colleges will appeal to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) for guidance about how to prevent fundamentalist-inspired trustee takeovers, presidential selections, administrative reorganizations, firings, and incursions against institutional norms and academic freedom. The CCCU needs to strengthen and enforce standards for its member institutions. Non-Baptist evangelicals need to understand what fundamentalists are doing to a significant swath of Christian higher education. And Southern Baptist leaders need to get a clue and stop turning our colleges into their ideological playgrounds, presumably with the CCCU's blessing. We need to find out: Does the CCCU even care?
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