From our Evangelical friends at Christianity Today.
CT has been watching the online debate snowball over this week’s resignation of renowned OT scholar Bruce Waltke from Reformed Theological Seminary. At issue: the March 24 release of a BioLogos interview in 2009 where Waltke states:
“…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.”
Reformed Theological Seminary asked Waltke to have the video removed. Waltke’s resignation was announced April 6.
Waltke announced today that he will be going to Knox Theological Seminary. Now back to us– When do we say things that make us into a cult? What is the line of what is considered overwhelming evidence? Do we think God wants us to use our intelligence? Do we worry about Devarim 4:6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”? (see the commentators ad. loc.) [There is a quip by Yeshayahu Leibowitz – “When was this? Never have we been a wise nation” ] Why do the evangelical examples fit so well for orthodoxy?
This is odd insofar as it is mainstream American belief to not believe in evolution, though not within intellectual circles.
I find this argument further odd, because each religious group, almost by definition, believes in something that others do not.
This seems to go back to the old question of what it means to be “In the World”. One could be interacting with the world culturally and be aware of current events, popular culture while denying basic science or history and get away with it.