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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller | Religion News Service
Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller | Religion News Service:
"Barnes said the seminary would not award the Kuyper Prize to anyone this year.
But he said that after he and Keller talked, and after discussions also with the chairs of the Kuyper Committee and the Board of Trustees, Keller had agreed to deliver the annual Kuyper Lecture on April 6 as planned.
“We are a community that does not silence voices in the church,” Barnes wrote. “In this spirit we are a school that can welcome a church leader to address one of its centers about his subject, even if we strongly disagree with his theology on ordination to ministry. Reverend Keller will be lecturing on Lesslie Newbigin and the mission of the church – not on ordination.”
Newbigin was a British theologian renowned for his writings on mission, and Keller is known for his success at “church planting.”
Barnes acknowledged that the entire episode had been “a hard conversation” but one “that a theologically diverse community can handle.”
In its announcement earlier this month that Keller had been chosen to receive the Kuyper Prize, the seminary’s Kuyper Center for Public Theology had praised Keller as “an innovative theologian and church leader, well-published author, and catalyst for urban mission in major cities around the world.”"
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