Princeton Theological Seminary, Don’t Disqualify Tim Keller for Preaching the Bible!

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Princeton Theological Seminary, Don’t Disqualify Tim Keller for Preaching the Bible!

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Princeton Theological Seminary, Don’t Disqualify Tim Keller for Preaching the Bible!

Princeton Theological Seminary just announced that they are reversing their decision to honor Pastor Tim Keller for theological scholarship because he believes and teaches that sex should be reserved for marriage and that marriage is defined as the life-long union between one man and one woman.

Princeton Theological Seminary prides itself on being an institution of academic freedom. However, through reversing their decision to honor Keller, Princeton has demonstrated that political correctness is more important than excellent theological scholarship and that some points of view simply aren’t allowed.

After initially extending the honor to Keller, Princeton reported receiving significant criticism based on his views of marriage. Please sign this petition to send Princeton a different message: that an academic institution that prides itself on scholarship should be ashamed for caving to the LGBT agenda. The school should apologize to Keller and reinstate the honor to him.

Tim Keller is the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, has authored dozens of devotional and scholarly books, and is a leader of the Gospel Coalition, a network of evangelical Christians and pastors.

Initially, Keller was extended Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. Anyone honestly considering Keller’s work would see he obviously deserves the award. And by initially extending him the honor, Princeton Theological Seminary recognized that he earned it.

However, last week the President of Princeton Theological Seminary stated in an email to the school that giving Keller the award might imply an endorsement of Keller’s views on marriage, complementarianism, and homosexuality. They removed the award not based on merit, but—ironically—because they disagree with some of his theology. But these reasons would necessarily disqualify any orthodox, conservative Christian from ever receiving the award!

The school claims that despite this withdrawal, it remains committed to “the critical inquiry and theological diversity of our community.” But obviously, it is not. They will respect diversity of thought, as long as those thoughts don’t go against the prevailing sexual libertarian orthodoxy of our time. One would think that at a seminary, of all places, Christians could feel free to hold to the traditional views of the church. Apparently not.

The power of public opinion is strong. Princeton believes the tides have turned against Bible-believing Christians. Let’s show Princeton that we are still a strong voice to be reckoned with whether they choose to honor orthodox Christians or not.

Further Resources:

http://religionnews.com/2017/03/22/princeton-theological-seminary-reverses-decision-to-honor-redeemers-tim-keller/

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Please reconsider Tim Keller

Princeton Theological Seminary,

Last week, you announced that you are reversing your decision to honor Pastor Tim Keller for theological scholarship because he believes and teaches that sex is for marriage and that marriage is defined as the life-long union between one man and one woman.

You stated that giving Keller the Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness might imply an endorsement of Keller’s views on marriage, complementarianism, and homosexuality. But then you went on to state that the school remains committed to “the critical inquiry and theological diversity of our community.” This is obviously false.

How can you remain committed to theological diversity if you exclude Keller for disagreeing with you? Especially given that his views have been those of the orthodox Christian church for 2000 years. By excluding Keller, you are in essence excluding the beliefs of the majority of active, involved, sincere American Christians.

I urge you to apologize to Keller and extend the award. Your institution will not benefit by excluding Christians like me. We are a strong force to be reckoned with and we want to be able to engage in dialogue with you. But how can we do that if you smear our theological views as unfit even for a seminary?

Thank you for your consideration. 

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Princeton Theological Seminary, Don’t Disqualify Tim Keller for Preaching the Bible!

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