The growing conversation around accreditation of creation science, academic freedom, and national norms can be guided by better information.
On March 23, a false claim about Dembski at Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary was corrected, and a quote from Dembski was added. Dembski was asked to recant his views on a local flood. The original version of the article erroneously stated all faculty were forced to recant his belief in an old earth. Several faculty at SWBTS, including leadership, affirm an old earth. I want to thank Ted Davis for pointing out this oversight.
The text now reads:
William Dembski is a well known critic of evolutionary science, but he believes the earth is old and understand’s Noah’s flood was local, not a global event. He was a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (accredited by SACSCOC) when they retroactively required him to affirm a global flood. As Dembski explains,
My questioning the universality of Noah’s flood meant I was a heretic, or at least not suitable for teaching at Southern Baptist seminaries, and thus I’d need to be clearing my desk immediately—unless my theological soundness could be quickly reestablished.
In response, Dembski was forced to violate his conscience by recanting his belief in a local flood. This unfair application of belief statements violated his academic freedom and severely impacted him and his family.
My apologies to SWBTS. The reference already linked to in the text made clear that my prior claim was incorrect. Thank you @TedDavis for pointing this out.