Greg Gilbert responds to my initial post about the McCall Pavilion.
Two quick thoughts:
(1) It is pretty much the kind of explanation I expected (i.e., this is simply an institutionally proper thing to do; McCall did some good things that should be acknowledged). I’ll confess that I am probably in the extreme minority on this point, but I am not convinced. The question I asked in my post was, “What biblical justification for something like this can there be?” I didn’t see any biblical rationale set forth at all in Greg’s response. I know a seminary is not a church, but don’t texts like 2 John 9-11 have some bearing on whom we honor for their contribution to theological education and ministerial training?
(2) Why does expressing disagreement and asking a question about an action qualify as “carp[ing] at Al Mohler”? I am disappointed by this line of response, but it seems to be standard fare for our culture these days. I don’t think Greg would accuse Mark Dever of “carping at” whomever simply because Mark expressed disagreement with some action by or idea of that person. Why make this about Al Mohler? What not leave it where I put it—what biblical rationale can be offered by a staunch conservative for honoring a man who presided over the liberalization of SBTS? It’s not really about individuals; it’s about ideas and their consequences.
Update: Mark Rogers has also taken exception with my post. I may respond here or there later, but need to focus on some other things presently.