“Geneva on the Red.” Never in a million years would I have dreamed that those words would be used to describe my alma mater, Louisiana College.
It seems that, along with the other controversies and troubles at Louisiana College over the past decade, there is now a controversy over Calvinism. Given the fact that many Calvinist professors have come and gone during the course of Dr. Aguillard’s tenure, I’m frankly surprised that it has taken this long for the issue to come to the fore. Many of the faculty in the theology department, past and present, are products of either Southern Seminary or Southeastern Seminary, widely regarded as the two hotbeds of Calvinism in the SBC. (One of them is Dr. Jason Meyer, who is John Piper’s successor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis.) That’s not to say that all of those fitting that profile are necessarily Calvinists, it would not come as a surprise to me to learn that Calvinists have always been in the majority among the theology faculty since 2005. My perception has always been that those who were responsible for putting Dr. Aguillard in his current office were largely opposed to Calvinism and that he was chosen in part because he is not a Calvinist, a fact and a process to which he alludes in his statement on Reformed Theology.
I do wonder if this “Geneva on the Red” perception was a factor in the composition and promotion of last year’s “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” Dr. Eric Hankins, the author of the document, is the son of David Hankins, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Calvinism would certainly be the minority report among Louisiana Southern Baptists. Calvinistic students preaching in non-Calvinist churches is almost always a recipe for controversy.
As I’m not currently a member of a Southern Baptist church and also do not currently have a lot of time in which to compose a lengthy post or series of posts, I’ll merely post some relevant links here and let the reader draw his own conclusions.
The President’s Pen-Dr. Aguillard’s statement on Calvinism and Louisiana College.
Pastor Jared Moore’s post–Some of the comments here seem to paint a fuller picture than most.
Drew Wales has a couple of posts, one of which states that 60% of the faculty is Calvinist and the other re-posts another student’s thoughts.
These blogs by current LC and/or Caskey Divinity School students have several posts on this issue and you can expect them to continue to cover it: http://thedailybleat.com/ http://blowthewhistlelc.wordpress.com/
The latest appears to be this interview with Dr. Aguillard. (HT: Candy Moncada) Interesting that he relates that LC is perceived to be “Geneva on the Red” yet we’re told that there are no Calvinists on the faculty, and that his post was about “Hyper-Calvinism” even though that wasn’t mentioned.
I will leave it to others who are more familiar with the situation to opine on the current goings on at LC with regard to the longstanding issues regarding accreditation, administration/faculty relations, etc.
The comments are open.