On Theistic Evolution and Professor Waltke’s Resignation (updated)
Inside Higher Ed has the most complete round-up on the controversy regarding Bruce Waltke’s Biologos video on theistic evolution, which led to his resignation as professor at RTS-Orlando.
Here’s a brief recap of what happened:
- At a Biologos workshop, they recorded two videos of Dr. Waltke explaining his position, which is a defense of theistic evolution (as he has explained in his chapters on Genesis 1-3 in his Old Testament Theology).
- On March 24 Biologos posted one of the videos, where Dr. Waltke said, “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. . . . To deny the reality would be to deny the truth of God in the world and would be to deny truth. So I think it would be our spiritual death if we stopped loving God with all of our minds and thinking about it, I think it’s our spiritual death.”
- After discussions with RTS, Dr. Waltke asked Biologos to pull down the video, and he issued a clarification (scroll down). Dr. Waltke and Darrell Falk also issued a joint statement about it.
- Dr. Waltke tendered his resignation at RTS, which was apparently rejected at first—or at least not initially accepted.
- On April 6, RTS announced that they had accepted the resignation.
- Update: Dr. Waltke has now been hired by Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale to teach their Winter and Spring terms (as he did at RTS-Orlando). No announcement is yet online.
- More updates here.