DALLAS (AP) Southern Baptists in Texas plan to open the independent Carroll Theological Institute next fall in a location somewhere between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Planners say the school will make it easier and more affordable to earn a theology degree. But the school appears to implicitly rival the conservative Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
Carroll's founding chancellor is Russell Dilday, who was forced out as Southwestern's president when conservatives gained control. He then helped found a seminary at Baylor University in Waco.
Four longtime Southwestern professors who resigned or retired will form Carroll's faculty, including its first president, Bruce Corley, Southwestern's former theology dean. And the new school is named for Southwestern's founder, B.H. Carroll.
Southwestern, the nation's largest divinity school, recently named as president Paige Patterson, a strategist who helped conservatives win control of the national Southern Baptist Convention and its seminaries.
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