Bryan College requires professors and staff to affirm Genesis story

What kind of learning institution is this? A dogmatic one. And the majority do not seem happy about it.

Bryan College takes stand on creation that has professors worried for their jobs.

Bryan College was founded on the back of the country’s most famous debate over creation and evolution.

Some professors, staff and students didn’t just identify as young-Earth creationists. Their views became more nuanced. They called themselves progressive evolutionists and theistic evolutionists and old-Earth creationists; they found ways to reconcile faith and science.

Now the administration is making a statement against these aberrations. The board of trustees is requiring professors and staff to sign a statement saying that they believe Adam and Eve were created in an instant by God and that humans shared no ancestry with other life forms. If they don’t sign, they fear that jobs could be on the line.

Bryan’s statement of faith, more than 80 years old, isn’t allowed to be amended or changed, according to its charter. So the clarification, announced by President Stephen Livesay in a Feb. 23 news release, shocked the Bryan community. Even those who agree with the clarification say they think the administration has misstepped and that the change is unnecessary.

“This is an educational institution. In order for us to do our jobs, we have to be open to a variety of positions on things and many people would see this as a narrowing of a position that doesn’t need to be narrowed,” said John Carpenter, a journalism professor at Bryan.

Can we say they knew what they were getting into? The President Livesay says this won’t alter the quality of academics. That doesn’t say much for what came before. The trend now is for these private conservative schools to continue to shelter kids who have been sheltered their whole lives, never being exposed to opposing views and allowed to be freethinkers and experience new ideas. Conservative families fear their kids going to college and becoming, God forbid, ATHEISTS. So much for independence…

Let’s take a look at the response to this piece.
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Bryan College is named after William Jennings Bryan, a famous politician and presidential candidate who was a staunch advocate against evolution. He was the opposing lawyer in the Scopes Trial and swore by the literal word of the Bible.

Related: How Liberty University Creates Creationists – The Daily Beast.

  8 comments for “Bryan College requires professors and staff to affirm Genesis story

  1. busterggi
    March 3, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Wonder if the cockroaches on campus are required to have only four legs?

  2. terry the censor
    March 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    > Bryan College is named after William Jennings Bryan

    And it is based in Dayton, Tennessee, scene of the Scopes trial.

    This is good: the college hosts The Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice.

  3. Tom
    March 4, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    With privately schooled christian creationists on one hand and privately schooled muslim creationists on the other, we can be certain that the age of Ignorance and Superstition will continue for a few more wearisome years before it’s inevitable and demise.

  4. Jack
    March 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    If Ignorance is bliss, Tis Folly to be Wise. Just keep saying to yourself, its only a movie, its only a movie, its only a movie.
    Well, at least our tax dollars aren’t paying for this. Oh, that’s right. They are. It’s only a movie….

  5. halidom
    March 5, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Education be warned the end is in the hands of the ignorant. Sign that paper or mighty god will spite you. What happened with the separation of faith and law. Stop funding any school that enforces such silly and imbecile rules. Taxes are for the betterment of society not a giant jump backward.

  6. Bill
    March 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The Bryan Institute was actually defunded about a year ago; no longer exists.

  7. Xiphos
    March 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I’ll affirm the Genesis story its commonly known as Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan.

  8. Wang-Lo
    March 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    On the one hand, I am not able rightly to apprehend the calibre of self-deception that could provoke the professors to accept that “the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis” but balk at testifying that “all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve. They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act”.

    On the other hand, I cannot assay the depth of moral depravity necessary to allow the administration to feel justified in functionally adulterating an oath that people, under their tutelage and as a prerequisite to employment, have already taken.

    I can only guess that if you seek professional association with an institution dedicated to deceiving everyone, that sooner or later they will get around to deceiving you. And if bewhiles you have become expert at deceiving yourself, you will fail to sense the absurdity of protesting your situation.

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