Last month I noted the anti-science brainwashing that dominates the religiously influenced textbooks available for homeschoolers. In particular, I cited a biology textbook that claims a "Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is." I said that anyone who thinks my daughter's eternal salvation hinges on her answers on a science test is peddling bad theology.
Pastor Shel Boese appears to agree. He contends pretty strongly that choosing creationism over evolution is not a salvation issue. He also points to Internet Monk, who points to Biblical scholar Bruce Waltke, who says the Church must come to accept evolution:
Waltke cautions, “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. And rightly so, because we are not using our gifts and trusting God’s Providence that brought us to this point of our awareness.”
We are at a unique moment in history where “everything is coming together,” says Waltke, and conversations—like those initiated by BioLogos—are positive developments. “I see this as part of the growth of the church,” he says. “We are much more mature by this dialogue that we are having. This is how we come to the unity of the faith—by wrestling with these issues.”
Waltke points out that to deny scientific reality would be to deny the truth of God in the world. For us as Christians, this would serve as our spiritual death because we would not be loving God with all of our minds. It would also be our spiritual death in witness to the world because we would not be seen as credible ["Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?" The BioLogos Foundation, 2010.03.24].
If you believe in God, then you have to believe in the whole package. He isn't just bunnies and rainbows and the occasional plague on your enemies. He is in the Pythagorean Theorem. He is in quarks and DNA. He is in every atom of the world, and you have to understand that world in full, through science, not just through your pre-conceived notions.
As Internet Monk says to his fellow believers, "I am so over this aspect of culture war Christianity. Let’s grow up."