Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?On that note, I'll reproduce here the letter that I wrote last night to the World Magazine editors in response to its article, "Relativism at Fuller" [subscription now required]. This article exposes accepting attitudes toward homosexuality in seminary classrooms and bewails the abandonment of biblical authority. I'm glad World published the article. I just don't get its tone of surprise.
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[The casino operator hands Renault a wad of money.]
Casino operator: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [aside] Oh, thank you very much.
Captain Renault: [aloud] Everybody out at once!
I'm shocked . . . shocked! to hear that Fuller Seminary fails to uphold the Bible as our final authority. Thanks for the article, but seriously, is this news? George Marsden already told this story almost twenty years ago in Reforming Fundamentalism, his sympathetic history of Fuller that was commissioned by the seminary itself. Why is it that we are so slow to expose relativism in "evangelical" institutions until the acceptance of homosexuality offends our sensibilities?