brni (brni) wrote,

not one of us

Apparently there's Christians and there's Christians, and if you wander a little too close to being the wrong type of Christian, well, the right kind of Christians can only pray that you get what you deserve. Oh, they can also strip you of your tenure.

Dennis Enns is an evangelical theologian who wrote the book Inspiration & Incarnation, in which he suggested that perhaps the Bible was not handwritten by God, but was jointly produced by God and, like, people. And, as people are writing big chunks of this thing, there are parts of it that are limited by the scope of the knowledge that was readily available to the people of the time. He suggests that our increased depth of knowledge should inform our interpretation of scriptural truths.

This set off a firestorm of controversy in some circles, and Enns was suspended from his position, and is now no longer employed. To be fair, a third of the board dissented the decision to suspend, as did a clear majority of the faculty.

Here's an article on the suspension:

While searching around, I also came across some blogs that talked about the book. This one was, I think, the first non-Amazon link that google spat out for this title. He goes on at some length about the book, addressing and rejecting many things point by point. But I thought I'd just paste in that which is, as Jay Lake so aptly states, "the money shot."

This is not the first time that a more liberal view of Scripture has been broached by a faculty member of Westminster. Back in the 90s, Dillard and Longman issued an OT introduction which conceded to the unbelievers everything that E. J. Young had resisted.
Thankfully, Dillard died of a heart attack while Longman went elsewhere.

Later, in the comments, the author defends this statement, saying that in that statement he was "praising God."

It is God to gives life and takes it away. I’m praising the wisdom of God in this matter.

And this, my friends, is why to me, the question to believe or not is not a theological question, but an ethical one. The actual existence of God is not relevant to the question. If there's a God, and God is Good, then God doesn't give a rat's ass whether I believe in It. Any God that gets all bent out of shape for wrong beliefs isn't a God worth believing in. Furthermore, we have an ethical imperative to disbelieve in such a God.

Because otherwise you get ass-hats like this.

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