WHAT would you do if you learned that your church officially rejected reality? We don’t dispense spiritual advice here, and we won’t start offering any now; but those affected by today’s news certainly have an interesting situation on their hands.
We usually avoid blogging specifically about religion, whether pro or con, but we certainly discuss creationism, and today’s story really needs to be mentioned. At the website of the Associated Baptist Press, where the “About Us” page says that it’s “the first and only independent news service created by and for Baptists,” we read Seminary president says evolution ‘incompatible’ with Christian faith. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
According to the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, evolution and Christianity are not compatible.
There you are then. According to Wikipedia, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Louisville, Kentucky, “is the oldest of the six seminaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).”
Let’s see what else the Associated Baptist Press says:
“The theory of evolution is incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ even as it is in direct conflict with any faithful reading of the Scriptures,” Albert Mohler, head of the Louisville, Ky., school, wrote in his blog.
This is Mohler’s blog article where that appears: On Darwin and Darwinism: A Letter to Professor Giberson. That was Mohler’s response to something Karl W. Giberson had posted at the Huffington Post, which is this: How Darwin Sustains My Baptist Search for Truth. Gilberson, a Baptist, had written:
I have naively assumed, until recently, that respect for the truth is deep in the DNA of Baptists. I have assumed that when a Baptist speaks or writes, they do their best to be truthful. I am thus quite alarmed that America’s leading Baptist, Al Mohler — widely read author, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and, according to Time, the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” — does not seem to care about the truth and seems quite content to simply make stuff up when it serves his purpose.
About two months ago Mohler spoke to a group of leading fundamentalists at a prestigious venue. His topic was why Christians must believe that the earth is just a few thousand years old. …
In this talk Mohler made false statements about Darwin. …
Very provocative. Mohler’s blog article replied:
You make quite a shocking list of accusations. You suggest that I do not “seem to care about the truth” and that I seem “quite content to make stuff up when it serves [my] purpose.” Those are not insignificant charges. You say that I “made false statements about [Charles] Darwin.” I would not want to do that, so I have once again looked carefully at the evidence.
That’s the background. It’s quite a food-fight. Let’s read on in the Associated Baptist Press:
In his June speech [to which Gilberson objected], Mohler argued for the “exegetical and theological necessity” of affirming the universe is no more than several thousand years old and was created in six 24-hour days as recorded in Genesis.
We don’t want to get deeper into this, because it’s not about science. It’s about theology — which is not our specialty. But what this illustrates (to us) is the validity of our position that The Controversy between evolution and creationism is denominational, not scientific. Further, the resolution of this issue is best left to the denominations themselves.
Therefore we express no opinion about the dispute between these two men. The situation speaks for itself.
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