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At the Reformation 21 Blog, PCA pastor Rick Phillips has posted an article responding to the controversy over which Dr. Bruce Waltke eventually had to tender his resignation as Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.  In my opinion, Pastor Phillips correctly diagnoses the problem.  The problems with harmonizing the creation account in Genesis with theistic evolution are well established, but I think Pastor Phillips here points out that acceptance of this view of our origins ultimately has a far more insidious effect on the whole of the Bible’s teaching, both OT and NT:

Lastly, I am astonished by the naivete of these scholars.  Do they think they can restrict the hegemony of science over Scripture to the realm of creation issues?  What will science make of the virgin birth, the miracles of Jesus, and the resurrection?  The 20th Century gives us the answer.  Moreover, do they think they can avoid worldly scorn merely by jettisoning biblical creation, while still holding to even more obnoxious doctrines like substitutionary atonement?  The hermeneutics behind theistic evolution are a Trojan horse that, once inside our gates, must cause the entire fortress of Christian belief to fall under the humanistic sword.

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J. Gresham Machen:

Clear-cut definition of terms in religious matters, bold facing of the logical implications of religious views, is by many persons regarded as an impious proceeding. May it not discourage contribution to mission boards? May it not hinder the progress of consolidation, and produce a poor showing in columns of Church statistics? But with such persons we cannot possibly bring ourselves to agree. Light may seem at times to be an impertinent intruder, but it is always beneficial in the end. The type of religion which rejoices in the pious sound of traditional phrases, regardless of their meanings, or shrinks from “controversial” matters, will never stand amid the shocks of life. In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight.

Christianity and Liberalism pp. 1-2.

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