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How to Get Fired, Er, “Resign”

April 9, 2010

If you are a professor at a conservative christian college or seminary and you’re thinking to yourself today, “Self, I don’t really like this job, but I can’t just quit or the spouse will be angry… what to do?” Well, you can always follow the example of OT scholar Bruce Waltke who discussed some of his feelings about the possibility of believing in evolution and the inerrancy of Scripture.

“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.”

And just like that Waltke was fired needed to resign.

This is actually a very sad story and commentary on the state of some evangelical institutions. Perhaps it is something to return to as I continue discussing whether higher criticism attempts to destroy the Bible as probably two of the more contentious issues concerning scholarship and faith, for the OT anyways, have to do with authorship and creation.

Read the whole story.

HT: J. R. Daniel Kirk

6 Comments leave one →
  1. EricW permalink
    April 9, 2010 10:05 am

    I guess that’s what happens when you become an expert in Biblical Hebrew – i.e., you can read and understand what the text says and does not say, versus being constrained and restrained by an overlaid doctrinal or confessional grid or lens that requires staying “in bounds.” I guess it’s better not to become too expert with the languages or the texts, as it might lead to acting like a Protestant. 🙂

  2. April 9, 2010 1:39 pm

    First Peter Enns, now Waltke. I am sensing a pattern here.

  3. Jake permalink
    April 10, 2010 12:39 pm

    Some of my most fond memories of college were of watching the Theology students who ascribed to a literal and concrete interpretation of scripture come out for blood at a lecture by Denis Lamoureux and getting their butts handed to them by one of the most brilliant and humble speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.

  4. Chris E permalink
    April 12, 2010 5:26 am

    It appears that the views that he alludes to in the video have been in print as part of his commentary on the Old Testament since 2007.

  5. April 12, 2010 3:47 pm

    sad indeed.

  6. April 12, 2010 11:55 pm

    Guess he needs a better union.

    It’s odd how a subject that nobody has the answer to, becomes such a contentious subject. Or maybe that’s why it’s so contentious?

    It just seems reasonable to become an “creation/evolution agnostic”. There’s doesn’t seem to be much room left for discussion or true searching for truth when one’s presupposition is ‘evolution only’, or ‘God only’.

    I wonder what would have happened to Waltke if he talked about the possibility of the “Hymn to Atum” creation model.

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