According to an announcement in late December of 2012, Emilie M. Townes has been appointed dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee, effective July 1, 2013, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Townes currently is associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology. She is described "as a distinguished Yale University scholar whose areas of expertise include Christian ethics and 'womanist theology.' " Her appointment at Vanderbilt is for a five year term, during which she will also hold an endowed chair as a tenured faculty member.
Isn't all of this perfectly wonderful (I speak with my tongue buried deeply in my cheek)—a lesbian activist dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School! She is in favor of revising traditions, practices, scriptures, and biblical interpretation—all to promote her agenda. Hundreds of young (and some not so young) ministers of all religious faiths will be exposed to her infidelity! Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of English, who chaired the search committee for the new Divinity School dean, stated, “In every aspect of her profile, Emilie Townes epitomizes the Vanderbilt Divinity School’s dedication to renowned scholarship, ecumenical leadership and commitment to social justice.” Dever went on to say, “We warmly welcome her to a community that is passionate about the scholarship and teaching of religion, and about empowering students to change themselves, and the world, for the better.” That students and the world will be changed by her "empowerment" is beyond question, but who among those who believe the Bible to be God's inspired and authoritative word will believe that the change will be for the better?
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