Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

"Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-known conservative Christian thinkers, Princeton Theological Seminary has reversed course and said Keller will not receive the honor." RNS

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Bert Perry's picture

I for one am praising God for Princeton's intolerance here.  I am 100% OK with them showing their true colors, and it's really along the lines, to borrow something Reagan said about the Democrats, that I did not leave the Methodist church of Wesley.  The Methodist Church of the modern age left Biblical theology, and Wesley, behind, and I was left outside.

Not that I am against those who stay as an evangelical witness there, and at Princeton, but this illustrates the war in the trenches.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture


I hope he still decides to show, and just preaches the Gospel to the students.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

JBL's picture

The Seminary is practicing separation, not intolerance.  We should all support their decision based on the principal behind it.

Nevertheless, you wonder why any men like Keller are ever invited in the first place.  It's almost like Biblical men are invited to later be disinvited, and this is a way for the seminary to "take a stand."

John B. Lee

Jay's picture

I was surprised that Princeton held out this long before rescinding the award.  

Not that it will stop the student protestors that will be at his still-scheduled lecture, in any case.  

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Jonathan Charles's picture

Don't liberal "Christian" churches see that the more liberal they are, the emptier their institutions and churches become?  They'll never wake up and see that their liberal theology and unbiblical positions are killing them.

JSwaim's picture

So Princeton has an award named for a theologian who opposed the ordination of women and they refuse to give the award to Keller because he opposes the ordination of women.  Alrighty, then!

Jim's picture


Princeton Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that it would award the Rev. Tim Keller its Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. The seminary lauded Mr. Keller for his commitment to spreading Christianity in cities, his bestselling books on religion, and his work helping to launch hundreds of churches. But thanks to some of his conservative views, Mr. Keller’s warm welcome didn’t last long.

In 1989 Mr. Keller founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which is part of the Presbyterian Church in America. The church now has a weekly attendance of around 5,000, and it is particularly popular among young professionals. It also maintains orthodox positions: opposing the ordination of women and practicing LGBT individuals while supporting traditional marriage. This made theologically progressive students, alumni and faculty furious over the decision to honor Mr. Keller. They wrote letters, signed petitions and planned demonstrations to pressure the seminary to rescind the award.

J. Baillet's picture

Let's see. J. Greshem Machen left Princeton Theological Seminary in 1929 to form Westminster Theological Seminary because of Princeton's sharp shift to Liberalism and away from Christianity. I am with those above who are a little surprised that Princeton would even countenance Tim Keller. Perhaps that says something of Mr. Keller.