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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Intermission and Recommended Reading

We are taking a brief break from our current series. I’ve been snowed under at work and wasn’t able to provide timely feedback to our last guest-poster. The intermission should end this weekend. In the meantime, why not check out a few other series I’ve been reading over the past month?

1. Peter Enns is Back
As I posted in April, Peter Enns was suspended from WTS over his controversial book Inspiration and Incarnation. The WTS board announced on May 21st that a Hearing Committee has been formed to review Enns' status at the seminary. A recommendation to the board is due by December. I’d be shocked if Enns was still with WTS come January.

Enns has been a model of integrity throughout this entire affair, and I haven’t seen any public comments from him regarding his suspension. However, he has just posted five articles on his blog defending the claims of I&I:

a. Introduction
b. The Authority of Scripture
c. The Westminster Confession of Faith
d. Inerrancy
e. The Audience of I&I

2. A Wesleyan Minister Publicly Announces his Acceptance of Evolution
Pastor Frank Ritchie from New Zealand runs the blog Servant’s Thoughts. He recently announced (with great trepedation) that he accepts the evidence for biological evolution. Check out this series of posts:

a. I am a Christian who believes in Theistic Evolution
b. Theistic Evolution: My Fears
c. Dr. Graeme Finlay: Christian Scientist

The third post discusses his meeting with Graeme Finlay who has written an excellent article in the most recent PSCF entitled “Human Evolution: How Random Process Fulfils Divine Purpose”. If you joined the ASA, you too could read the entire article. (Who says I can't advertise on my blog :-) )

3. A Series of Delusions
Haven’t had enough of Dawkins yet? Then check out Cliff Martin’s reviews of “The God Delusion” and “The Dawkins Delusion”.

4. Gordon Glover’s Video Series on Science and Education
Had enough reading? Would you rather be watching a video instead? Gordon has started his video series on Science and Education. The first four videos are now up: See video #1, #2, #3, and #4.

5. Saving Darwin Blog Tour
The Science and Religion Today blog is posting articles from Karl Giberson (author of post#8 in the current series here) as he promotes his new book Saving Darwin. Check out:

a) Thoughts on his talk at Wheaton
b) Lawyer, Liar, or Lunatic

5 comments:

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks for mentioning Ritchie!

servant said...

Thanks for the links Steve and a quick note of thanks to you.

You taking the time to comment on my blog and pointing to the conversations happening here has been an immense help to me.

It's also a privilege to have someone such as Dr LaBar (a fellow Wesleyan) reading my blog. That has only happened because of you pointing to my blog.

I am grateful :)

K-Funk said...

It probably won't help Enns' case to have a positive mention on this blog. No offense! :)

It will be interesting to see where Enns ends up.

Steve Martin said...

k-funk: You are probably right that it won't help him ... but I don't think it will hurt him that much either. Enns has made no statements (that I'm aware of) regarding human evolution. Those that are judging him will do so on what he has said and written, not on possible implications or speculation.

For the conservatives at WTS (and within wider reformed circles) this is not a witch hunt (as far as I can see). They are just very, very troubled by Enns' ideas, and believe these ideas will lead reformed and evangelical Christians astray. From my perspective, Enns' accusers are not dishonest railroaders; they are just honestly wrong.

Steve Ranney said...

I just read Enns' article defending his book, and my overwhelming thought was, 'Thanks for doing this, but it is kind of pathetic that you have to go to this much trouble.' He kept interrupting himself to insist, 'Now don't be alarmed, I still believe in the authority of Scripture, it is just a question of HOW that authority works.'

I just pictured some reformist Communist in the Soviet Union writing in his apartment from Pravda, 'Well fellow Communist, we need to make a few reforms here ...' all the while worried that the KGB was going to come banging on his door.

So I say to Enns, thanks, I am one of those you write for, and yes, you do address questions that I have long wondered about and that get ignored regularly.