We haven’t written about Albert Mohler for a long time — this old post is typical: Albert Mohler Insists on Young Earth Creationism. Mohler is president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Although Mohler is a young-Earth creationist, we’ve always been impressed by his entirely theological approach to the matter. He insists that the literal truth of Genesis is the essential foundation for his concept of Christianity, but he never disgraces himself with the nonsense of creation science — he simply rejects the conclusions of science. We think he’s wrong to do so, but he keeps his views within his faith, and — unlike a certain Seattle think tank — his life’s mission isn’t to crush science and establish a theocracy.
The website Baptist News Global, which describes itself as “an autonomous, nonprofit news organization that offers news, features and commentary every business day for a global audience of Baptists and other Christians,” has this article: Mohler applauds discovery of gravitational waves but says it doesn’t prove anything. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A Southern Baptist theologian says astronomers study the universe not only through telescopes, but also a worldview lens that causes them to interpret their observations in ways contrary to biblical truth. Albert Mohler … said in a Feb. 12 podcast that new reports about the discovery of gravitational waves generated by the collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago aren’t intended to deceive Bible-believing Christians. Rather, he said, it’s the effect of sin on both the universe and cognitive ability.
That’s an interesting perspective. Then we’re told:
Mohler said part of being created in God’s image is an innate desire to understand and know the cosmos around us. At the same time, he warned, much of what is presented as scientific proof is at odds with the Bible, including the historical account of creation recorded in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis.
“Now to be candid, I don’t believe that the world is 1.3 billion years old, certainly not billions of years old,” Mohler said. “I don’t even believe that is actually millions of years old. But one of the interesting things we need to note here is that the scientists who believe that believe it because they are looking at certain patterns that, to their observation, tell them that. And what we need to note is this, if we ourselves were operating from a simply materialistic and naturalistic worldview, we would probably come to the very same conclusions.”
He’s saying that the science, by itself, is persuasive. But then, of course, there’s the bible, which tells a different story. Let’s read on:
Mohler said Bible-believing Christians can share a sense of wonder at Thursday’s announcement even if they disagree with the secular interpretation of the discovery. “We step back and look at the situation and understand that something marvelous is being observed here,” he said. “Something was heard. Those instruments detected something.”
Yes, but what? Mohler explains:
“Christians don’t believe that what was heard is fitting a pattern that these scientists believe explains the universe, because we don’t believe the universe explains itself,” Mohler continued. “When we look at what was announced yesterday, we come to it with the full affirmation of all that is revealed in Scripture and of everything Scripture tells us about creation. And we come to understand that a world that is corrupted and affected by sin will actually give us — even through the scientific method — false data that can lead people to false conclusions.“
Aha — we can’t rely on our astronomical instruments because what they tell us has been corrupted by sin. The article ends with a final quote from Mohler:
“And we also understand that we are fallen, fragile, fallible thinkers and so as we look at this, if we’re operating from a basically secular worldview, if we believe the universe is going to have to tell us the story all on its own, then there’s no way we’re going to come up with the right story.”
Okay, dear reader. With that, and our earlier post today, your Curmudgeon has given you both sides of the story. The rest is up to you.
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