There is an ancient legend about a man named Faust, who sold his soul for temporal selfish gain and self-aggrandizement. Although the immediate but ephemeral rewards were intoxicating, the ultimate consequences were hideous.
The legend of Faust has inspired much art, music, and theater over the centuries. The reason is obvious: There is a fundamental truth and lesson to be learned.
In the Marks case, Baylor has sold its soul for temporal selfish gain and self-aggrandizement — the antithesis of what its Baptist tradition teaches.
For those who are interested in the arts and the legend of Faust, check out:
and download the Chopin and Liszt album, for a recording of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz (his most famous, and infamous, work for the piano), which is a programmatic musical composition about the legend of Faust and the selling of his soul to Mephistopheles. Program notes are also available at the URL.