A new curriculum line introduced Aug. 1 by LifeWay Christian Resources is exceeding all expectations in terms of sales, but some are concerned about perceived bias toward a Calvinist theology.
By Bob Allen
A Southern Baptist college president says new curriculum by LifeWay Christian Resources is biased toward a theological viewpoint not “representative of the vast majority of Southern Baptists.”
Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., wrote Aug. 27 on the blog SBC Today that he and other conservatives were initially encouraged when the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house announced the Gospel Project, a new flagship curriculum line designed to go deeper than old Southern Baptist literature he described as “shallower than an oasis in the midst of the Mohave Desert.”
After previewing early sample lessons, however, Caner said concerns arose that the authors and sources cited tilted decidedly toward a Calvinist or Reformed theology that emphasizes predestination and diminishes the importance of free will.
In addition, Caner noted a bent toward “ecumenism,” which he defined as “a liberal theological movement that emphasizes unity between denominations over theological distinction [and] replaces any emphasis upon Southern Baptist theology.”
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