I just finished reading Daniel Kirk’s most recent blog post, which, though written in an irenic tone, spells out fairly explicitly the theological and social divide(s) that exist between him and some of his senior colleagues at Fuller. I am disappointed to hear him say that this upcoming year will be his last at Fuller Seminary. Awhile back I read and reviewed his very helpful book on Jesus and Paul, and have interacted with him several times over the years to express my appreciation for his scholarship.
Of course, I am not on the inside of his situation vis-a-vis the administration and senior colleagues at Fuller, so I don’t know the particulars of the situation beyond what he has shared on the blog. However, as one who was nurtured in the cradle of American evangelical Christianity (and who no longer finds that label a helpful or positive personal descriptor), I continue to be disappointed (though not surprised) by the high profile departures of evangelical scholars who, in my opinion, are: (1) not afraid of the difficult questions; (2) not afraid of the answers that emerge from those questions; and (3) are genuinely committed to dialogue and living in the midst of theological tension. I don’t need to provide a list for you. If you’ve been paying attention over the past few years, you know exactly which professors I’m referencing.
At this point, it really doesn’t help to lament much more than many of us have in recent years. I guess I can only wish the best, both for Daniel and for Fuller.