Bruce K. Waltke is considered one of the country’s best known evangelical theologians. His work on the faculty of the Reformed Theological Seminary, however, came to an end when he dared to acknowledge the scientific basis for evolution.
Here is the heresy that ended his career:
“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.”
The video that exposed Waltke as impermissibly rational was shot during a BioLogos workshop — an organization that tries to reconcile faith and science.
Michael Milton, president of the seminary’s Charlotte campus and interim president of its Orlando campus, insisted that the seminary allows “views to vary” about creation, including whether the Hebrew word yom (day) should be seen in Genesis as a literal 24-hour day. However, Darwinism is not allowed as a permitted view: “We are a confessional seminary. I’m a professor myself, but I do not have a freedom that would go past the boundaries of the confession. Nor do I have a freedom that would allow me to express my views in such a way to hurt or impugn someone who holds another view.”
My guess is that Bill Nye may want to avoid this particular audience as well, here.
It appears that academic freedom like evolution is not to be heard in the halls of the Reformed Theological Seminary.
So much for survival of the fittest.
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