I was surprised to learn about Peter Enns' book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (USA: Baker Academic, 2005) some months ago. I was suprised because Peter Enns being a faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) could publish such book.
So I thought WTS has shifted its paradigm. Thus I didn't think much about it. Thought there is hope for the seminary to cultivate critical scholarship. But, disappointingly, I came across the news that Peter Enns will be suspended from the seminary just now:
"That for the good of the Seminary (Faculty Manual II.4.C.4) Professor Peter Enns be suspended at the close of this school year, that is May 23, 2008 (Constitution Article III, Section 15), and that the Institutional Personnel Committee (IPC) recommend the appropriate process for the Board to consider whether Professor Enns should be terminated from his employment at the Seminary."
I'm in total sympathy with WTS to want to preserve its theological position, but I can't help but mourn over the fact that the reputable seminary is still not ready to move on to critical biblical studies.
So, in the end, is the suspension a misfortune to Peter Enns or the seminary? To me, it's the latter.
This unfortunate affair reminds me of Robert Gundry who was being kicked out from Evangelical Theological Society for his commentary on Matthew's gospel in the 1980s.