FORT WORTH, Texas (TAB) — It’s a first for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a rarity for any Baptist seminary — allowing a Muslim to enroll in the seminary’s Ph.D. program. The Fort Worth, Texas, school’s norm for admittance requires a record of church involvement, evidence of Christian character and a statement of Christian conversion. In an online statement, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson said the enrolled student “accepted the necessity of abiding by our moral code of conduct. He is a man of peace, and we agreed to admit him into the archaeology program.” The intention of Patterson’s exception in this instance, and in other instances at schools where he’s also lead as president, was based on a “desire to see these individuals understand the good news of Jesus Christ,” a statement from the seminary’s communications office said.
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