Vanderbilt Divinity School Faculty Among Signers of Progressive ‘Boston Declaration’ Denouncing ‘White Privilege’ and ‘Islamophobia’

A group of progressive Christian theologians last week released a document called the Boston Declaration that calls on followers of Jesus to fight “poverty, economic exploitation, racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.”

Initial signatories included a handful of faculty members from the Vanderbilt Divinity School. While most of the signers were from liberal institutions, there also were several representing evangelical ones, including Wheaton College, Baylor University, Azusa Pacific University and Seattle Pacific University.

The declaration was issued Nov. 20 at a meeting in Boston of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. The document took aim at evangelical Christians and political conservatives.

“Many Evangelical Christians have embraced the politics of exclusion and hatred, such that the Good News of Jesus has become cover for a social and economic order that can only be understood as bad news for many,” said the Rev. Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel of the New York Theological Seminary in a news release. “Responding to Jesus’ courageous call to love ‘the least of these,’ we pray for the conversion of the converted.”

The declaration denounced “white privilege,” lamented “national boundaries that make our worries about security a pretext for destroying the lives of others,” and labeled American exceptionalism “a false ideology.” It also criticized alleged “thoughtlessness with which we use and abuse our planet,” “Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry” and “homophobia and transphobia.”

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5 Thoughts to “Vanderbilt Divinity School Faculty Among Signers of Progressive ‘Boston Declaration’ Denouncing ‘White Privilege’ and ‘Islamophobia’”

  1. Jim Forsythe

    How stupid! I am proud that my son turned down an invitation to Vanderbilt. They are promoting evil.

  2. Jay

    Having been around The Vanderbilt Divinity School for a number of years now I can tell you that is is far from a divinity school and is more about indoctrination of students into the twisted liberal values of abortion, socialism and a one world order. Any parent thinking about supporting this institution would be sadly ;let down. This school has nothing to do with rightous values.

  3. Wolf Woman

    When marxist materialism is worshipped instead of God, when the Holy Spirit is forsaken and when Jesus is no longer the Christ but a concerned social justice activist, the fruit of the tree is shriveled and has little pith or juice.

  4. Horatio Bunce

    Vanderbilt: Fighting poverty by charging tuition rates greater than the median annual household income of Tennesseans.

  5. 83ragtop50

    That Baylor was included in this list is no surprise. It has been a bastion of liberalism and secular ideas for at least 2 decades. Vanderbilt’s involvement would be expected based upon the recent actions of the administration and teaching staff. Using Christianity to prop up political positions is nothing new. Jesus faced these same challenges when He walked on this earth in flesh.