Liberty University: Ergun Caner Made “Factual Statements that Are Self-contradictory,” Apologizes, Cleared of Charges, Demoted, but Remains at Liberty as a Professor

Liberty University releases a statement:

After a thorough and exhaustive review of Dr. Ergun Caner’s public statements, a committee consisting of four members of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees has concluded that Dr. Caner has made factual statements that are self-contradictory.  However, the committee found no evidence to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a teenager, but, instead, found discrepancies related to matters such as dates, names and places of residence.  Dr. Caner has cooperated with the board committee and has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this review.  Dr. Caner’s current contractual term as Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary expires on June, 30, 2010.  Dr. Caner will no longer serve as Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  The university has offered, and Dr. Caner has accepted, an employment contract for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Caner will remain on the faculty of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary as a professor.

To me, the most astounding line in this story had been that of Liberty University co-founder and School of Religion dean Elmer Towns, who told Christianity Today: “It’s not an ethical issue, it’s not a moral issue. We give faculty a certain amount of theological leverage.”

But it’s just as troubling that an evangelical theological seminary would say that someone can make “factual statements that are self-contradictory.”

Many questions will apparently remain publicly unanswered.