Friday, April 9, 2010

Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke forced to resign from Reformed Theological Seminary

Read the whole thing here, on Inside Higher Ed. Apparently, Professor Waltke's video that appeared on the website BioLogos was the catalyst that led to his resignation.  Justin Taylor at Gospel Connection has written a nice recap of what happened. Writes Justin:
  1. At a Biologos workshop, they recorded two videos of Dr. Waltke explaining his position, which is a defense of theistic evolution (as he has explained in his chapters on Genesis 1-3 in his Old Testament Theology).
  2. On March 24 Biologos posted one of the videos, where Dr. Waltke said, “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. . . . To deny the reality would be to deny the truth of God in the world and would be to deny truth. So I think it would be our spiritual death if we stopped loving God with all of our minds and thinking about it, I think it’s our spiritual death.”
  3. After discussions with RTS, Dr. Waltke asked Biologos to pull down the video, and he issued a clarification (scroll down). Dr. Waltke and Darrell Falk also issued a joint statement about it.
  4. Dr. Waltke tendered his resignation at RTS, which was apparently rejected at first—or at least not initially accepted.
  5. On April 6, RTS announced that they had accepted the resignation.

1 comment:

SemperJase said...

From the Inside Higher Ed article:
But after prayer on the question, Milton said, officials accepted the resignation.
The implication is that the Holy Spirit led RTS to release Professor Watke.

I suggest prayer does not justify censoring entirely reasonable views.