Southwestern professors receive honorary doctorates
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Two faculty members from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary received honorary doctorates, May 7.
Rudy González, professor of New Testament and dean of Southwestern’s William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies in San Antonio, Texas, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He received the degree after speaking at the college’s spring commencement service. González, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Criswell College in 1982, said the college was where he was “first introduced to the spiritual and academic disciplines that have shaped (his) life and ministry.”
“I thank God for the Criswell College,” he said, “and for its continuing role in developing Christian leaders for the church.”
González also served as the ethnic leadership development instructor for both the college and the Dallas Baptist Association from 1987-1988, and as an adjunct professor at the college from 1992-1995.
“Rudy González is the epitome of what we produce in our graduates,” Andrew Hebert, chief of staff in the Office of the President at Criswell College, said. “He has the mind of a scholar, the heart of a pastor, and the hands of an evangelist. He is a faithful man. He is a Criswell man.
“Dr. González was chosen as a recipient of the Doctor of Divinity degree because we want to once again put our stamp on him and show the Criswell College family what scholarship on fire looks like.”
William Dembski, research professor of philosophy and director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Seminary, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. Dembski, who received the degree after speaking at the seminary’s spring commencement service, expressed his appreciation for this honor. According to interim president Bob Westra, Southern Evangelical Seminary was “extremely pleased” to award Dembski with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
“Dr. Dembski and SES have enjoyed a close personal and working relationship for several years,” Westra said. “He is a highly respected scholar and gifted teacher, well liked by the SES students and faculty.
“Dr. Dembski and SES share a passion for apologetics, and it is because of his innovative and exceptional accomplishments in the fields of Intelligent Design and apologetics that we honor him with this degree.”
Dembski has made his mark in the field of apologetics especially through his work in Intelligent Design, writing and editing numerous books on the subject, such as Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology; The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems; and Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy. More recently, he has contributed more broadly to apologetics by co-editing Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science.