"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," he says, according to several accounts by those who have seen the video. Those words set off a furor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, where Waltke was — until this week — a professor. (The seminary is evangelical, with ties to several denominations.)This whole situation is very sad. Probably the best quote from the article is from Ron Dreher of BeliefNet, who said:
"Don't mistake me, I believe that any and every religion, and religious institution, has the right, and indeed the obligation, to set standards and to enforce them. But is this really the hill these Reformed folks want to die on?"My wife said last night that the whole situation scares her because, even someone like her, who tries very hard to stay out of the argument, can see the increasing polarization in the evangelical church. It reminds me of a line from the movie Ladyhawk: "Great storms announce themselves with a single breeze."
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