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What does J.I. Packer say about Mike Licona? Let's talk about it on Deeper Waters.
In point 22 of his long response to Mike Licona, Norman Geisler says the following:
We are quite pleased that Geisler has enlisted the support of J.I. Packer, who gives a fine recommendation by the way of Henri Blocher's "In The Beginning", a fine work that is very sympathetic to theistic evolution. For the Framework hypothesis of creation, it really wouldn't matter if evolution is true or not. Genesis is meant to tell the who and why. It is not meant to tell the when and how.
If Packer understands the ICBI statement so well, then what are we to make of the post that was put on Mike Licona's Facebook page?
With this email, Packer is saying that Licona's stance is one entirely of hermeneutics. He doesn't agree with Licona's reasoning, and that is fine, but it is not an issue of Inerrancy. If this is the case, then it would seem that Packer obviously does not understand Inerrancy.
At this point, one of two things could be done.
Either Geisler could finally drop this whole thing and realize he's fighting a battle that is not harming Mike at all but is rather harming himself every step of the way. He could seek to make restitution for the damage that has been done and move on and familiarize himself more with NT studies.
Or, Packer could be thrown under the bus somehow.
As for Sproul, from what I have seen, he has not spoken on this at all and being a Preterist, is not quite likely to be as literal as Geisler and could have even more sympathies. If this is the case, then two out of three framers have no problem whatsoever with Licona's view. Again, it does not mean they agree, but they do not see it as an Inerrancy issue.
We all hope for the former, but as of this point, the ball is not in our court and we will wait to see what happens.
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