News from Louisville is that the YEC geologist, Kurt Wise, has taken Dembski’s position at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as director of its Center for Theology and Science. Wise is currently at Bryan College (Dayton, Tn). Predictably a SBTS representative hews to the party line:
“With the addition of Kurt Wise, we are recognizing that creation is a ground zero theological crisis point right now in American culture and even in our churches … We need to train Southern Baptist pastors to equip young people to engage Darwinism from elementary school on. We also need to train Southern Baptists to recognize Darwinist thinking in ways that are subtle that they don’t even recognize.”
Wise is an interesting character. While I disagree with his ideas (YEC, baraminology, etc), I respect the fact that he admits that there is no scientific case for a young earth, and is thus a little more intellectually respectable that Phillip Johnson who acts like there is a scientific controversy to suit his own cultural agenda.