How to Get Fired, Er, “Resign”
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.