Apparently not at Bryan College (yes, that Bryan) in Dayton, Tennessee (yes, that Dayton), according to an article in yesterdayâs Times. The college, founded in 1930, requires faculty to sign a statement agreeing to certain reactionary views on creation and evolution, including, âThe origin of man was by fiat of God,â according to the article by Alan Blinder.
Several months ago, the college added a âclarificationâ to the effect that Adam and Eve âare historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life-forms,â according to Blinder. There is a ray of hope, however: âHundredsâ of students out of a student body of approximately 700 petitioned the trustees and opposed the clarification. Two faculty members filed a lawsuit, arguing that the college charter does not permit the trustees to change the statement of belief. A biology professor, Brian Eisenback, called the clarification âscientifically untenableâ and accepted a position at another Christian liberal arts college in Tennessee.
Others argue that a college is not a church and should not prescribe doctrine, but the trustees are determined to enforce their policy. The president, Stephen D. Livesay, noted
But this is Bryan College, and this is something thatâs important to us. Itâs in our DNAâ¦ [my italics].
I trust that I am not the only one who finds that allusion uproariously funny.