Truth of Theology Meets Truth of Science
Texas Pastor Electrocuted During Baptism
Mon Oct 31,12:42 AM ET
WACO, Texas - A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning after adjusting a nearby microphone while standing in water, a church employee said.
The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was stepping into the baptistery as he reached out for the microphone, which produced an electric shock, said University Baptist Church community pastor Ben Dudley...
Lake was pronounced dead at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, nursing supervisor Pat Mahl said. The woman being baptized apparently had not stepped into the water and was not seriously injured.
Pastors at University Baptist Church routinely use a microphone during baptisms, said Jamie Dudley, the wife of Ben Dudley and a business administrator at the church.
"He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," she said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough."
As I reflected on this incident, I was reminded of a theory about the future sometimes put forth by fundamentalists and other defenders of the inerrant truth of the Bible. When defending Biblical creationism, bible inerrantists sometimes acknowledge apparent discrepancies between observations made by scientists and the conflicting claims about the natural world found in the text of Scripture. Attempting to reconcile these differences, some Biblical inerrantists speak of a great day that is yet to come, when the truth of science and the truth of theology will meet at the same summit of human understanding.
This, obviously, was not that “great day.”