I just learned that Dr Zach Manis, whose book Sinners in the Presence of a Loving God I reviewed two years ago, has lost his tenured position at Southwest Baptist University, due in part (some speculate) to his controversial views on eternal damnation.
“Is he a universalist?”
“An annihilationist then?”
Nope, not that either.
“Then what’s the controversy about?”
Manis is a critic of the traditional view that God everlastingly punishes the reprobate as an expression of his retributive justice. He personally advocates a view similar to the “river of fire” construal taught by many Orthodox priests today. I guess this means that by Baptist standards, the Orthodox are heterodox. Needless to say, the Orthodox aren’t going to lose any sleep.
I truly regret this has happened to Zach. I have enjoyed email correspondence with him over the past several years. He is a thoughtful philosopher and gracious Christian gentleman. I do not know if he has found a new position yet. If not, I pray the Lord will quickly secure him a new—and better paying!—position at a more congenial university or college.