During a workshop for the BioLogos Foundation, founded in 2007 by Francis Collins, the evangelical, Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke said that the evangelical Christian community needs to engage with the world and accept evolution, or face a crisis. "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," Waltke says, according to Inside Higher Ed. For those comments, the Reformed Theological Seminary, which employed Waltke as a professor, asked for the video of the workshop to be taken down from the BioLogos site. Waltke also resigned. When asked whether seminary's zero-tolerance for evolution limited academic freedom, Michael Milton, the president of the school's Charlotte campus and interim president of its Orlando campus, tells Insider Higher Ed that "we are a confessional seminary. I'm a professor myself, but I do not have a freedom that would go past the boundaries of the confession. Nor do I have a freedom that would allow me to express my views in such a way to hurt or impugn someone who holds another view."
Over a Video Endorsing Evolution
Apr 14, 2010