In the current issue of Christianity Today (March 2012), in a discussion of problems faced by Christian colleges today, the President of Wheaton College (Philip Ryken) was asked what were the most signifcant theological issues he faced as president. His response named these as three of the biggest challenges:
1. Human sexuality and a Christian understanding of marriage and sexual behavior.
2. Human origins, particularly the historicity of Adam and Eve, but more generally questions related to Christianity and evolution, creation and evolution.
3. Not losing our zeal for evangelism, particularly for proclaiming the gospel in words as well as witnessing to the gospel in deeds.
My several years on Naznet have shown me that discussion here of any of these topics is likely to rather rapidly generate heat, controversy and borderline uncivil conversation.
And how can issues like these possibly be discussed at Nazarene schools where professors often have little or no job protection?
I'm wondering if we Nazarenes are just going to have to sit on the sidelines and allow those in other denominations to lead the way in dealing with these (and other) issues?