Inside Higher Ed
April 9th, 2015
Academics at Christian colleges who believe in evolution (and who
believe that doesn't make them any less Christian) have become deeply
concerned about the recent move by Northwest Nazarene University to
eliminate the job of Thomas Jay Oord, a tenured theologian there.
Oord has written numerous books and articles that (sympathetically) examine the way Christians are able to embrace evolution while maintaining their faith. Oord has drawn attention
to the views of many Nazarene scholars and rank-and-file believers who
accept evolution, suggesting that there is much to be learned
scientifically from sources other than the Bible.
These views appear to contradict Northwest Nazarene's statement of faith,
which states: "The Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary
inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living."
Traditionalist Nazarene blogs have also regularly criticized Oord's work, accusing him of "false teachings" and urging the church's universities to reject "evolution's lies."