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August 11, 2005

Albert Mohler: Evolution incompatible with Christianity

From the Baptist Press...

Evangelical Christianity and evolution are incompatible beliefs that cannot be held together logically within a distinctly Christian worldview, R. Albert Mohler Jr. says in the Aug. 15 edition of TIME magazine.

TIME solicited the views of four experts with different answers to the question “Can you believe in God and evolution?” Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., comments from an evangelical Christian perspective....

Mohler, a young-Earth creationist, says the Bible is clear about the way in which God created the earth in six days. He argues that Christianity and evolution offer opposing views of human origins.

“Given the human tendency toward inconsistency, there are people who will say they hold both positions,” Mohler writes. “But you cannot coherently affirm the Christian-truth claim and the dominant model of evolutionary theory at the same time.”...

“I think it's interesting that many of evolution's most ardent academic defenders have moved away from the old claim that evolution is God's means to bring life into being in its various forms,” he says.

“More of them are saying that a truly informed belief in evolution entails a stance that the material world is all there is and that the natural must be explained in purely natural terms. They're saying that anyone who truly feels this way must exclude God from the story. I think their self-analysis is correct. I just couldn't disagree more with their premise.”

Having attended a Southern Baptist Seminary, I am painfully aware of the fact that Mohler's view is not shared by many in leadership and teaching positions within the denomination. But then again, that was during a time in which theological liberals were working hard to plant their people throughout the denominations. It was about that time that moves were taken to oust them, and the Liberal clone of the SBC, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was created.

There's a lot of confusion among Christians because they mistake the claims of scientists regarding their beliefs, to be statements of fact. It must be remembered that Evolution as a theory may be science, but Evolution as a fact is religion. Or as C.S. Lewis put it...

In the science, Evolution is a theory about changes; in the myth it is a fact about improvements.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 11, 2005 09:51 AM

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