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Christian professor steps down after 'same God' comments

MOVING ON: Political science professor Larycia Hawkins

A TENURED professor at a Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God will leave her post.

In a statement posted on Wheaton College’s website, the school and Larycia Hawkins said they “have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways.”

Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing this week, to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton.

The controversy began on December 10, when Hawkins wrote on Facebook that she would don the hijab headscarf during the period of advent before Christmas to counter what she called “vitriolic” rhetoric against Muslims.

“We worship the same god,” she said in her post.

Shortly afterward, the college began efforts to dismiss her despite objections by some faculty members.

“I appreciate and have great respect for the Christian liberal arts and the ways that Wheaton College exudes that in its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students,” Hawkins said in the statement posted Saturday (Feb 6) on the college’s website.

College officials and Hawkins said in the statement that neither will speak publicly about their relationship before a news conference scheduled for tomorrow (Feb 10).


UNITED IN FAITH: Hawkins wore a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims

“Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years,” President Philip Graham Ryken said in the statement. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”

College officials previously had said Hawkins’ views were inconsistent with the college’s “doctrinal convictions.”

Hawkins had maintained that nothing about her views contradict the college’s statement of faith, which all instructors sign. Among other things it affirms belief in “one sovereign God,” views on Adam and Eve and the existence of Satan.

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