More on Waltke
For those still following the story of Bruce Waltke, I thought I would pass along a few interesting and helpful links I came across today. It seems the story of Walke’s resignation from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL due to comments he made about the compatibility of evolution and Christian faith touched off a bit of a storm in the blogging world. As is so often the case in the wild and woolly world of blogging, there can be a lot more heat generated than light. Many portrayed the Waltke/RTS situation as something approaching a modern-day Galileo case, with RTS being cast in the role of inquisitors. Not surprisingly, the truth turns out to be not quite as sensational.
For an excellent summary of the whole controversy, including the most recent developments, see here.
For a direct statement from Bruce Waltke himself, as well as Ric Cannada, president of RTS, see here.
I re-read my previous post after reading these articles to be sure that I wasn’t misrepresenting RTS or Bruce Waltke in any way. The only thing I would change now would be my claim that RTS ought to have dealt with Waltke “more graciously.” Based on the statements of both Cannada and Waltke, it seems that this comment was premature and inaccurate. The interaction between Waltke and RTS seems to have been characterized by graciousness and respect from the beginning of this controversy.
The rest of what I wrote, I can live with.