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New Baylor University President Kenneth Starr

Ken Starr’s faith background explored, again


New Baylor University President Kenneth Starr, right, receives congratulations from regent Chairman Dary Stone. (photo courtesy of Baylor University)

Kenneth Starr, the Pepperdine University law school dean who has accepted the Baylor University presidency, keeps making national headlines.
We linked to a recent New York Times profile of the Baylor-bound Starr. Now comes the Chronicle of Higher Education with a feature on Starr that, once again, delves into his religious background:

Mr. Starr said he would join a Baptist church if he got the (Baylor) position, but the committees had lots of questions about his faith.
Not only was Mr. Starr raised in the Churches of Christ, but Pepperdine is affiliated with that denomination, and he attends church on that campus. Mr. Starr, however, still considers McLean Bible Church, in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, his home congregation, and is comfortable in that kind of large, active, nondenominational environment. He and his wife, Alice, still have a home in McLean and remain involved in some of the church’s ministries.
On the spectrum of Protestant groups, the Baptists and the Churches of Christ aren’t too far apart. Their main theological division concerns the importance of believers’ baptism by immersion, which both practice, says Mikeal C. Parsons, a professor of religion at Baylor.

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  • Feedback
    �The body is not one member but many� (I Cor.12:14). Only one person in the Bible was ever called by the term �Baptist,� and that was not his name. Since it takes a plurality and since John never built a church, there can be no Baptist Church in the Bible. Kenneth Starr will be joining something he cannot read about in the Bible.
    Richard Blackford
    May, 19 2010

    I guess Mr.Starr thinks that all faiths are right and it doesn’t matter which one you worship at. This path is being taken by many. Maybe he should read Matt.7:21 and learn what Jesus has to say about this view.
    Joe Scalia
    May, 19 2010

    Mr Starr is a pragmatist. We have no judgement of that. Many Christians are pragmatists. God will judge one day and sort it all out. Beware of being too judgemental as we all may have some surprises at judgement.
    Jean Paul Hundley
    John Paul Hundley
    May, 27 2010

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