Recently Read: Elaine Heath Named Dean of Duke Divinity School

Heath_Elaine_2Elaine A. Heath, a theologian, preacher, teacher and writer, will be the next dean of the Duke Divinity School, President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday.

Heath is currently the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. She succeeds Ellen Davis, who has served as interim dean since the retirement of Richard Hays in August 2015.

“Elaine Heath is a leading scholar of emergence, the process by which religious faith finds new life outside familiar institutional forms,” Brodhead said. “She is also a noted practitioner of emergence and has reached out to establish new communities with people marginalized in many ways.

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William
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William
2 months 11 days ago
Our theology schools tend to pride themselves more on the usual and customary secular standards of higher education than on the Christian Faith and the preparing of ministers to go forth and preach the Gospel/Good News of Jesus Christ. They seem to want to be seen as yet another academic school within their larger university pursuing essentially the same scholarly activities as their secular peers. They certainly seem to go out of their way to avoid the evangelical tag and all the negative baggage that has been placed on the back of that it by the liberal media as well… Read more »
jimmie shelby
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jimmie shelby
2 months 11 days ago

Thank you William for your very well stated post. This writer has long been concerned about the fact that: it seems when those who are called by Father/Son/Holy Spirit to “go into all the world….,” that, when those individuals step in the university scene, those who are their mentors/teachers immediately “start educating” Father/Son/Holy Spirit out of them………………

Paul W.
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Paul W.
2 months 15 days ago
Wouldn’t it be great if Duke had hired an orthodox Wesleyan as the head of the divinity school? Is that really asking too much? It is sad that the UMC sets the bar for our seminaries so low. When our seminaries place a low emphasis on teaching and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ revealed by God in the Scriptures and hire faculty with decidedly non-Wesleyan (and often even non-Christian) theology, there is little hope for the future of our denomination. Error begets error — these are the folks training our future clergy. It is utter foolishness — the blind being… Read more »
Donnie
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Donnie
2 months 12 days ago

I was a Methodist for nearly 20 years, and in all of that time, I rarely if ever heard a sermon from a pastor that was Wesleyan. Reading Mr. Wesley’s words was a real eye opener.

Most Methodist pastors I heard either preached the social gospel or “God wants you to be happy and nice to people, nothing else matters” but usually a combination of the two.

dave werner
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dave werner
2 months 13 days ago

i don’t have any dog in this dispute, but i’m curious, Paul, to know how you have decided that this person is not “an orthodox Wesleyan” or is someone with “decidedly non-Wesleyan (and often even non-Christian) theology.” The things i find online about her publications, fields of expertise, leadership roles, etc., would suggest that Dr. Heath is an excellent choice.

Chris Momany, UMR Columnist
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Christopher Momany
2 months 1 day ago

I know Dr. Heath, and most of her scholarship has been in the “holiness” movement. She is a respected member of the Wesleyan Theological Society (which includes many who would consider themselves more theologically “traditional.”) To judge her with reactive dismissal is not only wrong; it is ill-informed.

Paul W.
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Paul W.
1 month 26 days ago
I have great respect for you, Chris, and I hope you are right, but my opinions have been formed by the several hours I put into researching what I could easily find through on-line searches. I have not read her books, but I did read her blog posts, several of her articles that came up in the first few pages of Google results, and skimmed through 3 of her video presentations. This was not reactive dismissal on my part. I did not find Wesleyan orthodoxy or any clear presentation or discussion of the Gospel. I did however find experiential Christian… Read more »
jimmie shelby
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jimmie shelby
2 months 12 days ago

This writer has no first hand knowledge of Ms. Elaine A. Heath. One had hoped for a person who was dedicated to biblical Christianity. One had hoped against hope that the new dean would be: born again through the Blood of Jesus the Christ; one had hoped that the new dean would seek to bring others into the fold through the teaching/preaching of a Sacrificed, Buried, and Risen Savior. One had hoped…………………….

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Local Pastor
2 months 13 days ago

Last summer she came to speak at our Annual Conference. I was not at all impressed. Neither were others I talked with. She seemed like an out of touch “flower child.” Sad, just sad. Good luck Duke.
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