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The Good Ship Fuller

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As a Christian accepting the Biblical revelation of the nature of the state, I am responsible to use my influence, my voice, and my vote to promote principles of right-doing and justice in the state of which I am a part. This is a principle which demands more attention than evangelical Christians have given it.

— George E. Ladd, “The Christian and the State,” TNN 14:3, May 1968, pp. 3–6.


Imagine it: being presented before God . . . not dingy and gray and scuffed and broken, but so clean and pure that you have no failures to hide. . . . That’s real joy, exceeding joy!

— Marguerite Shuster, TNN 46:3, October 1999, pp. 8–10. 1975: Shuster was one of the first three women to receive the MDiv degree. Thirty-two years later she was named the first Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching and Theology at Fuller.

All four major programs in the School of Theology are in the process of being re-designed to help the Seminary be more responsive to the new role of the church. . . . Students are persons . . . The Seminary’s primary task is to help them recognize their gifts and develop these gifts which can be channeled to accomplish their particular vision.

— Glenn W. Barker, Bulletin 23:1, Feb–Mar 1973, pp. 1–2. Barker became dean of the School of Theology in 1973, and wrote here on “Trends in Theological Training.”

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1972: Pearl McNeil was the first woman
to join Fuller’s Board of Trustees.
Many, many people can argue—and they have every right to argue—with our philosophy of education, but they should never confuse this with theological doctrinal compromise. And this is often the case vis-à-vis bringing lecturers to Fuller with whom we disagree. Many people confuse this as our endorsing all the writings, past and future, of lecturers who come here, and the viewpoint he represents, and this only betrays the fact that these people really do not understand our philosophy of education.

— R. Donald Weber, former director of public relations and development at Fuller, in a 1966 interview with James Hewett