Inside Higher Ed’s article on Bruce Waltke’s Firing

The article can be found here. A quote allegedly in the video by Waltke is rational and should be listened to by the Evangelical community:

“If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution, to deny that reality will make us a cult … some odd group that is not really interacting with the world. And rightly so, because we are not using our gifts and trusting God’s Providence that brought us to this point of our awareness…”

There is a great deal of misinformation concerning evolutionary theories out there in these schools. When I was at Southeastern I took a class titled ‘Natural Science’ which should have been titled ‘An Apologetics Course for Young Earth Creationism.’  The professor who taught that course (who no longer teaches at SEBTS, as I understand) said that nobody before the Enlightenment had denied a literal 6 day creation,  but I knew he was wrong. I had fortunately been reading the Fathers that year and knew that both Origen and Augustine addressed the issue, Augustine more so than Origen. Origen had even asked “what man of sense” would believe in a literal 6 day creation? I wonder what the theological implications of denying the reality of Creation are. If we bury our heads in the sand and deny the fruits of scientific research, which, from my limited understanding of them, have only aided in my own faith, what sort of effect will it have on our theology?

When the conspiracy theories about scientists leave these campuses, they will be be better off. I promise, if any scientist could definitively disprove evolution (which would be a bit like disproving gravity at this point), they would do so in a heartbeat.  I pray that Dr. Waltke will be able to find an academic home that will allow him a bit more freedom.

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