In the context, “evolution” typically means Darwinism, survival of the fittest. Anyway here:
President David Alexander of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) sent a letter to the campus over the weekend, defending the decision to lay off tenured theology professor Thomas Jay Oord. Alexander said budget cuts necessitated the move. A professor in the school’s counseling department was also affected by the layoffs.
Oord was notified of his firing by email while on break, which Alexander said lacked compassion.
“I want to publicly apologize to Dr. Tom Oord for the way in which he learned of the change,” said Alexander in his email. “Discussions occurred via mail and email due to spring break and the March 31st notification deadline. That was not respectful of Dr. Oord and his many contributions to the university.” More.
If they don’t have compassion, they are half-Darwinists already.
That said, if the Nazarene U really believes “We oppose any godless interpretation of the origin of the universe and of humankind,” well then they really believe what Darwin’s followers absolutely do not. So the separation is at least understandable.
How similar to or different from the story of Peter Enns is this case? See Theologian Peter Enns talks about why BioLogosdid not renew his contract Thoughts?