Evangelist Spurned for Supporting Evolution
By DAN HARRIS AND MICHAEL MURRAY ABC NEWS
Added: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
n a country where 61 percent of the population says it believes that the creation story in the Bible is literally true and in which a popular Creation Museum near Cincinnati shows dinosaurs co-existing with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, even a respected, conservative evangelical Bible scholar such as Bruce Waltke connot get away with supporting the theory of evolution. Waltke has caused an uproar in the evangelical movement for this "heresy."
"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," says Waltke.
Almost immediately after posting a video that included this statement on the Internet three weeks ago, Waltke was labeled a heretic, and called "anti-Christian."
Ken Hamm, the CEO of the Creation Museum, has vehemently opposed Waltke's proposition. Hamm says, "I believe what he is saying ultimately undermines the authority of God's word."
Waltke has written several theological books over his career, winning the coveted Gold Medallion Book Award in 2002 and the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association Christian Book Award in 2008, and has contributed to several Bible commentaries.
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