Dr. John Byl has been blogging quite regularly as of late and has made some helpful contributions to the debate over whether theistic evolution should be tolerated in the Canadian Reformed Churches. One of the central issues is hermeneutics. The latitudinarians argue that, historically, Calvin spoke of accommodation in Scripture and it’s accommodation that we see in Genesis 1 and 2. In other words, God uses words that people can understand according to their context. People in another context thousands of years later have to reckon with this accommodation in their biblical interpretation. You can find Dr. Byl’s discussion of this subject here.
Similar debates have been taking place in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in connection with their school, Erskine College and Seminary. There too, biblical inerrancy has been questioned in an effort to make room for a variety of views on origins. Rick Phillips at Reformation 21 recently commented on this.
We have more of the same taking place at Reformed Theological Seminary and in the Presbyterian Church of America. Bruce Waltke recently resigned from RTS because of his position on origins and the nature and authority of Scripture. Dr. Mark Jones is the pastor of Faith PCA in Vancouver, BC, and he recently blogged on Waltke’s views. He says, “As this post will make clear, Waltke has endorsed the work of Francis Collins, and by doing so has committed himself to an understanding of evolution that simply is not compatible with the Christian faith.” Read the whole thing here. In a follow-up blog post, Jones continues to interact with Waltke’s views. He also takes on the familiar line about Warfield and evolution. His conclusion? “Warfield did not affirm Darwinian evolution. In an article yet to be published by Fred Zaspel he makes a convincing argument to this effect, which I am in general agreement with in my own book on this subject.” You can read this post here.
This morning I noticed that the latest issue of Modern Reformation has an article by a group of PCA geologists arguing for an old earth. You see, this issue is becoming hot all over.