Ken Ham and Billy Graham

By now, everyone knows that Billy Graham died yesterday at the age of 99. But with all the news coverage, something occurred to us: Graham’s name has never come up at this blog. Why is that?

You’ll have your answer soon enough. First, let’s take a look at this from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia — the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His post is titled Evangelist Billy Graham Passes Away at 99. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

We are saddened at the passing of a great evangelist, and our hearts go out to his family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. … Reverend Graham has been regularly listed in polls as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.” According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), the evangelist spoke to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history — preaching the gospel to about 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. In addition, hundreds of millions of people probably watched him on TV or on film, and millions of others on radio.

Quite so. Then he says:

I nearly had the opportunity to meet Reverend Graham last year, but his poor health prevented it. I look forward to meeting him someday before the throne of God, worshipping our Savior. I did have the privilege of speaking at the retreat center he founded, The Cove, in North Carolina a number of times. I also had the pleasure of meeting his daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Nashville in 2016.

Interesting. In all the years that ol’ Hambo has been prancing around, speaking everywhere about creation science, he never met Billy Graham. Nor have we heard of any visits by Graham to Hambo’s infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, or to Ark Encounter, an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. How is that possible?

Hambo goes on a bit, and at the end he tells us:

The impact of Reverend Graham’s 99 years on earth will last for many years to come and into eternity.

That’s very nice — but the question remains. Why did the paths of Hambo and Graham never cross? And now that we think about it, we don’t recall Graham’s name featured at the websites of AIG or the Discoveroids either. This is a mystery. So we went searching.

We found this: Billy Graham on Evolution, at a website called An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution. They quote from a book, Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man (Amazon link). It’s a series of Graham interviews with David Frost. Here’s their only excerpt, with their ellipsis and our bold font:

“I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the scriptures. I think that we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things they weren’t meant to say, I think that we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man. … whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God.”Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, 1997. p. 72-74.

So there you are. Billy Graham was no fan of creation science, and although he could have embraced Hambo and the other creationists if he wanted to, he seems to have avoided them. He was a good man.

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6 responses to “Ken Ham and Billy Graham

  1. Billy Graham also made a sizeable fortune off of the rubes he preached to as well.

  2. A good summary of Graham here:
    Billy Graham’s Legacy Is Conflating White Christianity And Patriotism
    He had a very dark side, as does his son who’s following in his footsteps.

  3. Michael Fugate

    His current website seems much less open to science where it leads – reads like Ham wrote it.

  4. There isn’t any conflict between true science and our Christian faith.
    True vs. our.

  5. I’m not a fan of Billy Graham and actively dislike his high profile children Anne Lotz and Franklin. I do find him interesting though. He did a great job raising his profile hobnobbing with the wheels of power. He was quite pragmatic and while he may have started the send-me-money televangelist trend, he certainly could have gotten much more wealthy. He publicized his salary and is only worth $25 million at the time of his death.
    As for evolution, while he may seem pragmatic in some of his writing make no mistake Billy Graham was very much a fundamentalist and a literalist. He may have shied away from alienating a part of his potential audience, he would have no problem with the faith requirement at Hambo’s ark park.

  6. This from Billy graham Evangelical Association, written by BGEA staff: “Since Christians hold various views, it is important to keep an attitude of humility and charity toward others in these complicated areas.”

    The piece is a bit too much “both are worthy of consideration” for most of us here, but the contrast with Ham is all but explicit