March 24, 2010
Category: Video Blogs
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Today's entry was written by Bruce Waltke. Bruce Waltke is a world-renowned Old Testament scholar, Biblical translator and expositor. He served on the translation committee of both the New American Standard Bible and New International Version -- two of the most popular modern translations of the Bible produced in the twentieth century. Waltke is a professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia and a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society.
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Update on April 2, 2010: This video has been removed from our site on at least a temporary basis. For a full explanation, click here.
In this video conversation Bruce Waltke discusses the danger the Church will face if it does not engage with the world around it, in particular with the issue of evolution, which many evangelicals still reject.
Waltke cautions, “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.”
We are at a unique moment in history where “everything is coming together,” says Waltke, and conversations—like those initiated by BioLogos—are positive developments. “I see this as part of the growth of the church,” he says. “We are much more mature by this dialogue that we are having. This is how we come to the unity of the faith—by wrestling with these issues.”
Waltke points out that to deny scientific reality would be to deny the truth of God in the world. For us as Christians, this would serve as our spiritual death because we would not be loving God with all of our minds. It would also be our spiritual death in witness to the world because we would not be seen as credible.
While Christians may still disagree with one another on some issues, Waltke emphasizes that it is important that we are really interacting in a serious way—and trusting God as truth. Testing these things but holding fast to that which is good will bring greater understanding and unity among Christians.
If we don’t do that, Waltke cautions, we are going to die. If we refuse to engage with the greater cultural/scientific dialogue, we may end up marginalized and that would be a great tragedy for the Church.
Full Biologous Article: Link
Biologos Update: Link
Note: After the video with Dr. Waltke's comments were posted, he was basically forced to take the video down. He was then put in a postion of imposed resignation by Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). As Professor emeritus of OT Studies at Regent College and Professor of OT at RTS, to be disinvited to remain at RTS is significant. As one author said, Waltke is "one of the world's great Christian scholars" and his books are used at seminaries all over America. Indeed, history is repeating itself as the church did the same thing in 1633 with Galileo; label good scientific data as heretical, dismiss anyone who doesn't agree with your theology, and then bury your head in the sands of a disproven worldview. The DNA data won't go away no matter how many intellectuals and scientists they dismiss from their creationist organizations.
See: Updates from Waltke and from RTS Link
The Video That Ended a Career Link