The comments immediately following this one, including the one related to Young Earth Creationist Kent Hovind, are worth reading from a legal perspective. Backlash happens in anything. Here are some of my predictions (not prophecies, notwithstanding my views on spiritual gifts! LOL). This won’t affect older theology students and pastors, but it will affect younger ones. I have in mind those students are just beginning to explore the mature Evangelical faith in a scholarly manner.
- All other things being equal, I expect a rise in conservative, Old-Earth creationism. This will be a solid response to Peter Enns and a mature counterbalance to some of the extreme statements made by VF (and YEC is a huge part of their ministry). I remember listening to a Doug Phillips lecture and he told anecdotal stories of people who lost their faith in college because the (conservative) Bible professor held to an Old Earth position. I thought that was probably the silliest thing I ever heard.
- A movement away from presuppositionalism. There are good presuppositionalists like Scot Oliphant. They are the Westminster types. I personally do not hold those views, but I respect them. They are not the same “wavelength” as Vision Forum. Sadly, Vision Forum, and I can say this from personal experience, was remarkably talented at communicating presuppositionalism. I am sad to see Greg Bahnsen’s name tarnished with this (and for the record, Bahnsen voted for Bush I in the 1990s and not Howard Phillips. That led to a break between him and Rushdoony).
- There will be a massive PR spin on “complementarianism.” The pendulum is going to swing back to Wayne Grudem. Doug Wilson might scoff at such “squeamish” terms (and I Plan to do a response to his calling the victim in the VF scandal “Foxy Bubbles” and trying to give DP a free pass. I’ve seen a number of “worldview wonks” do the same thing). As a marketing term, “Patriarchy” is down for the count.
- Apropos above point, I think we are going to see a muting of the “worldview talk.” I grant that worldviews are inescapable to a degree, but so is breathing. But nobody talks about how important it is to breathe.
- Will there be healthy Christian alternatives to nouthetic counseling? I don’t agree with Freud and “psychobabble” as such, but I can give several clear-cut arguments why nouthetic models are flawed. Depression doesn’t have to be related to sin. It can be something as simple as “lack of sleep.” The Soviet KGB knew this for decades (which is why they would raid homes at 3 A.M., the time where the body’s circadian rhythm was lowest. When the CIA created assassin-clones in its MK-ULTRA program, aside from the pornography, prostitution, and mind-altering drugs used on the victim, sleep deprivation was essential the process. All of this goes to falsify the premise of nouthetic counseling at its most basic).