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Seminary professor continues to improve following June stroke


FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–John P. Newport, distinguished professor of philosophy of religion emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been moved from an intensive care unit at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, to the hospital’s continuing care unit.

Newport has made improvement since suffering a stroke June 14 and slipping into a coma the next day following a second surgery to stem hemorrhaging in his brain.

At the time, Newport’s wife said that doctors had told her that they did not expect him to survive.

Newport was moved to the continuing care unit July 7. Although he has not yet spoken, he has shown some signs of communication and responsiveness. He is no longer on a respirator. He is paralyzed on his left side.

Newport served at Southwestern as professor of philosophy of religion from 1952 to 1976 and from 1979 to 1990. He is considered one of the foremost Baptist experts on the New Age, cults and philosophy of religion.

Among his many books have been works on the book of Revelation, Christian doctrine, a biography of theologian Paul Tillich and most recently, a biblically oriented analysis of the New Age movement.
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