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Termination of Seminary Professors

Court rules that professor cannot sue for wrongful dismissal.

Texas
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Key point: A seminary's decision to terminate a professor is an internal ecclesiastical decision that is not reviewable by a civil court even if the seminary allegedly did not follow its bylaws.

• A Texas appeals court ruled that a former professor at a Baptist seminary could not sue the seminary for wrongful termination. The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary voted to dismiss a professor of preaching and communication for (1) a lifestyle that was not consistent with the example expected of faculty members; (2) being "a poor example of churchmanship"; (3) poor quality of work; (4) insubordination; and (5) willful distortions of the truth in reporting seminary matters. The former professor sued the seminary for wrongful termination. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit on the ground that it was an ecclesiastical dispute over which the civil courts have no jurisdiction, ...

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  • May 2, 1994

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