Peter Enns of Westminster Theological Seminary Suspended
News has just been made public regarding yesterday’s special meeting of the Board of Trustees at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), which met to address “the disunity of the faculty regarding the theological issues related to Dr. Peter Enns‘ book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament.” The Board decided to suspend Professor Enns at the close of the school year, with a process in place to consider whether he should be terminated from his employment at the Seminary.
Here is the letter from the Chairman of the Board:
March 27, 2008
Thank you very much for your prayers for the special meeting of the Board of Trustees that was held on March 26 to address the disunity of the faculty regarding the theological issues related to Dr. Peter Enns’ book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. After a full day of deliberation, the Board of Trustees took the following action by decisive vote:
“That for the good of the Seminary (Faculty Manual II.4.C.4) Professor Peter Enns be suspended at the close of this school year, that is May 23, 2008 (Constitution Article III, Section 15), and that the Institutional Personnel Committee (IPC) recommend the appropriate process for the Board to consider whether Professor Enns should be terminated from his employment at the Seminary. Further that the IPC present their recommendations to the Board at its meeting in May 2008.”
In order to provide the entire Westminster community with a more complete understanding of the Board’s decision and to offer an opportunity for questions and dialogue, the Chairman and Secretary of the Board will join the President on campus for a special chapel on Tuesday, April 1 at 10:30 am. Students and staff are encouraged to attend and participate. Following that special chapel, they will hold a separate meeting with the faculty.
Our concern is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and assure a faithful witness for Westminster for years to come. To that end, please pray for everyone involved during the next two months.
Chairman of the Board
No matter where you stand on the issues (for a review of the debate over Enns’s book, see this post), this is a difficult day for Westminster Theological Seminary, and I would encourage prayers for all involved.
Update: More links about the book here.