Policy violation may stir bylaw change, SWBTS trustees say | Baptist Press

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Baptist PressFORT WORTH — An investigation prompted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson’s decision to admit a Muslim into the school’s biblical archeology doctoral program is complete — and could trigger a bylaw change to improve “accountability” and “flexibility in pursuing ministry opportunities” — trustees said Oct. 22 in a statement.

Patterson apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention in June for making an exception to the school’s admissions policy, which requires a profession of faith and an expression of a call to ministry.

“We admittedly recognize that there are inconsistencies between the seminary’s bylaws and the actions of its administration and board,” the trustees’ statement said. “We acknowledge an exception should have been requested until such time that the bylaws could have been amended for launching various initiatives.” Continue reading →

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