RE: [asa](Denis' comment) Re: Peter Enns and the future direction of WTS

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Sun Mar 30 2008 - 01:12:15 EDT

Hi Denis- I'd appreciate a short answer to this if you could.


 You said:
"My heart jumped when I saw the message below because

I am just finishing a book with a very similar hermeneutic

as that of Peter Enns, which I call an "Incarnational approach

to inerrancy and infallibility." But I push the argument a little

further than Enns in that I explicitly reject the historicity of Adam."


The Bible makes it look like Adam was a real person, by giving his name,
age, years of life, offspring, etc. How do you answer people when they
say you don't believe the Bible, because the Bible is clear in
portraying Adam as a real person by way of listing all these details?
Also, if you don't believe Adam was a real person, could the same thing
be said, for the same reasons, about Abraham, Noah, and Moses? This is
very perplexing for me, and would greatly appreciate your insight. (I
know, wait for your book, right? ;-)





From: [] On
Behalf Of Denis O. Lamoureux
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 10:09 AM
To: Steve Martin; ASA
Subject: Re: [asa] Re: Peter Enns and the future direction of WTS


Hello everyone,

Steve, thanks very much for this post. I will forward it to all

my Sci-Rel students.


This is a sad day for the Church.


My heart jumped when I saw the message below because

I am just finishing a book with a very similar hermeneutic

as that of Peter Enns, which I call an "Incarnational approach

to inerrancy and infallibility." But I push the argument a little

further than Enns in that I explicitly reject the historicity of Adam.


I praise the Lord for leading me to a Roman Catholic college in

a major university. As an evangelical theologian, I would never

have been given the intellectual freedom to think outside the box

if I had gone to a place like WTS. Actually, my denomination

college wouldn't touch me when I got out of school in 97. Seems that

loving Jesus just ain't enough. If one has a PhD in evolutionary

it condemns them to being hermeneutically "unclean" and out of

employment, despite being called by the Lord to be a Teacher.


24 years ago I felt called to open God's Two Books. Any yes, like many,

I started the voyage as a young earth creationist. But along the way

there were a few surprises--Gen 1-11 is not a historical record, and

biological evolution is a FACT. But through the process the Lord Jesus

was right there, front and centre. Sadly, I had to leave my tradition

find a job.


Now, I can certainly appreciate what the Board of WTS is doing.

Board members are wonderfully committed Christians who share

their terrific professional skills in shaping the direction of a

However, they are not skilled to determine the academic competency

or theological orthodoxy of someone like Dr Enns. Too many times,

the Board (and the Constituency) usurps the Holy Spirit inspired office

of the Teacher (1 Cor 12). This has to change. Our calling as Teachers

is to instruct the Board on theology, not for the Board to tell us how

do theology. Teachers cannot simply be "parrots" of the Board.





Denis O. Lamoureux DDS PhD PhD
Assistant Professor of Science & Religion
St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6G 2J5
Tel: 780 492 7681 ext.246
Fax: 780 492 8145
E-mail: <>
Website: <>



        ----- Original Message -----

        From: Steve Martin <>

        To: ASA <>

        Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 2:35 PM

        Subject: [asa] Re: Peter Enns and the future direction of WTS


        At the WTS board meeting yesterday, it was decided that Enns
would be suspended at the end of this school year. Here is the letter
from the chairman of the board Jack White .

        March 27, 2008

        Thank you very much for your prayers for the special meeting of
the Board of Trustees that was held on March 26 to address the disunity
of the faculty regarding the theological issues related to Dr. Peter
Enns' book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of
the Old Testament. After a full day of deliberation, the Board of
Trustees took the following action by decisive vote:

        "That for the good of the Seminary (Faculty Manual II.4.C.4)
Professor Peter Enns be suspended at the close of this school year, that
is May 23, 2008 (Constitution Article III, Section 15), and that the
Institutional Personnel Committee (IPC) recommend the appropriate
process for the Board to consider whether Professor Enns should be
terminated from his employment at the Seminary. Further that the IPC
present their recommendations to the Board at its meeting in May 2008."

        In order to provide the entire Westminster community with a more
complete understanding of the Board's decision and to offer an
opportunity for questions and dialogue, the Chairman and Secretary of
the Board will join the President on campus for a special chapel on
Tuesday, April 1 at 10:30 am. Students and staff are encouraged to
attend and participate. Following that special chapel, they will hold a
separate meeting with the faculty.

        Our concern is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and assure a
faithful witness for Westminster for years to come. To that end, please
pray for everyone involved during the next two months.

        Jack White
        Chairman of the Board

        On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM, Steve Martin
<> wrote:

                As many are probably aware, Peter Enns'
<> book Inspiration and Incarnation
ation&ei=ITfpR7GXIIHKtAP2i9DUBA> has caused quite the heated dialogue
in the reformed community over the last couple of years. I personally
found I&I to be extremely helpful, and the more I read of & about Enns',
the more respect I have for him.
                Now things might be coming to a head for Enns at WTS
<> . I've been following the story on the net the
last few weeks but, being the net, I didn't want to jump to any
conclusions or really say anything (I certainly can't add much
personally). It appears that today there will be an important board
meeting where the "Enns issue" will be on the agenda. Again, it is
unclear to me what exactly is being discussed and what the possible
outcome will be, but I'm sure this is a very difficult time for Enns,
his family, WTS faculty and students, and all the extended WTS
                For some brief background on the situation, check out
                and the two links to articles on competing visions for
WTS - the one from former WTS Prof Davis is VERY long but definitely
worth the read. For some interesting links on current & former
students that are supporting Enns see:,
.html, and
                I'd be interested in comments / reactions from those in
the reformed tradition (particularly Presbyterians) who are aware of the
situation and/or the historical context of WTS & past church divisions
back to the 20's. I'd also be interested in hearing from those that
lived through similar controversies (Kline / Van Til etc.).
                Steve Martin (CSCA)

        Steve Martin (CSCA)

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