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Caner out as Liberty dean
wire reports
June 28, 2010
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Caner out as Liberty dean

Caner out as Liberty dean
wire reports
June 28, 2010

A statement by Liberty

University June 25 says Ergun Caner’s contract as dean of Liberty’s seminary

will not be extended, but that he will continue on the seminary’s faculty.

Liberty had been

investigating claims that Caner made conflicting statements about his personal

history that embellished his credentials as a young Muslim trained in jihadist

tactics before a conversion to Christianity.

Liberty’s statement

said their “thorough and exhaustive review” of Caner’s statements concluded

that he had made “self-contradictory” statements.

The investigative

committee found no evidence “to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who

converted to Christianity as a teenager, but, instead, found discrepancies

related to matters such as dates, names and places of residence.”

The statement said

Caner “has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this

review.”

His contract as dean of

the seminary expired June 30 and was not renewed. He accepted an employment

contract for the 2010-2011 academic year and remains on the faculty as a

professor.

Liberty said in May it

would investigate charges in various media questioning Caner’s claims about

being raised in Turkey, and about his defending Christianity in debates with

Muslim scholars and other religious leaders in 13 countries and 35 states.

Christianity Today was

the first mainstream news outlet to report the Caner controversy. One well-known blogger and a pastor, Wade Burleson, considered what would happen if Caner had to follow the school’s honor code. He had other blogs about Caner as well. Visit his blog here.