Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review (Part 6 of 8)

"Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me." 
- Isaiah 43:27

Below is Part 6 of my review of Walton's heresy:

E.  Corroborations.

Concerning Walton's propositions, below are a few comments that corroborate my review:

"Walton’s view was, in my assessment, far too difficult, depending on explaining away so much of what the Bible makes clear. It was as if he was constantly saying, 'I know the Bible says this, but it actually means this other thing.' His view, too, threatens to undermine our confidence in the biblical text and depends far too heavily on other literature from the ancient near east."
- Tim Challies (taken from his review of Four Views on the Historical Adam; but is a clear assessment of Walton's practice.)

"In evaluating Walton’s claims, we must apply the usual rules of hermeneutics and, particularly, that Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture. Our interpretation of any one passage must be such that it is harmonious with and sits comfortably with our interpretation of related passages. This could not be said of Walton’s exposition of Genesis."
- Dominic Statham (

Note: Walton never adequately addresses the problems of his propositions in light of many other texts in the Bible on this subject, especially Genesis 2, Genesis 3, 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 5, and Hebrews 11. I will briefly address that further below. But one can find a smorgasbord of great articles defending the historicity of Adam at the following link... 

I found the following especially intriguing, for it confirmed my beliefs, and my suspicions:

"First of all, who is Dr. John Walton?  He is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.  He has taught at Wheaton since 2001.  He’s written many books and articles including The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.  Furthermore, he is on the Board of Advisors for BioLogos... BioLogos actively holds to and promotes theistic evolution:  'We believe that God created the universe, the earth, and all life over billions of years…We believe that the diversity and interrelation of all life on earth are best explained by the God-ordained process of evolution withcommon descent.'"

Note: I wholeheartedly agree with Wes Bredenhof's review above. Please go to the link to read it in its entirety, and consider Bredenhof's words in light of the truth that... the same Spirit that leads us unto truth... is the same Spirit that led our trusted and tested fathers of old. 

"[Theistic evolution] is really a child of embarrassment which calls God in at periodic intervals to help nature over the chasms that yawn at her feet. It is neither the Biblical doctrine of creation, nor a consistent theory of evolution, for evolution is defined as 'a series of gradual progressive changes effected by means of resident forces' (Le Conte). In fact, theistic evolution is a contradiction in terms. It is just as destructive of faith in the Biblical doctrine of creation as naturalistic evolution is; and by calling in the creative activity of God time and again it also nullifies the evolutionary hypothesis." 
- Louis Berkhof (Systematic Theology)

Note: Walton's theistic evolution, free from "permutations" (p.119), is simply compromise at its best... or worst.

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