Molly Marshall, the first woman to achieve tenure at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, is forced to resign after accusations of her promoting liberal doctrines.
A statement from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary merely says that her views are "significantly outside the parameters of the Abstract of Principles" but doesn't provide any details.
The truth appears to be simply that Molly Marshall supports having women as pastors in Southern Baptists churches, something that a large number of conservative and fundamentalist Southern Baptists object to.
Even worse, her very presence as a teacher at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (since 1984) and associate dean of the School of Theology (since 1988) has become a living example of how wrong the conservative position is.
Fundamentalists elected Albert Mohler Jr. as president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and ever since his election he has apparently been working on how to get rid of her.
Of particular interest is that Albert Mohler's move here is predicated on his authority to interpret the Abstract of Principles for faculty; in the past, that has always been left to the conscience of faculty members. The same is true of Southern Baptist principles generally, but a more top-down, authoritarian treatment of religion has been a defining characteristic of the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.