This appears at the website of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. Their headline is: Dr. Robert Jeffress: ‘The Strong Argument from Science is FOR Instead of AGAINST a Divine Creator’.
We wrote about Jeffress once before when he was on the Bill O’Reilly show — see Bill O’Reilly Opposes Biblical Inerrancy? He’s a preacher at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. As we said then, he’s a scriptural literalist — Adam & Eve, all of it — although he allows that the world may be older than 6,000 years because scripture doesn’t literally say otherwise. Here are some excerpts from the CBN article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In an interview on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday, Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, reacted to the recent widely published report that announced all modern humans descended from a solitary pair who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
That “report” is being mentioned by lots of creationist websites, but their interpretation is fake news. It’s based on a paper published several months ago in Human Evolution: Why should mitochondria define species?, which you can read online without a subscription. The abstract says:
Several convergent lines of evidence show that mitochondrial diversity in modern humans follows from sequence uniformity followed by the accumulation of largely neutral diversity during a population expansion that began approximately 100,000 years ago. A straightforward hypothesis is that the extant populations of almost all animal species have arrived at a similar result consequent to a similar process of expansion from mitochondrial uniformity within the last one to several hundred thousand years.
The paper was totally misunderstood by creationists, even though the lead author, Mark Stoeckle, was quoted in PhysOrg saying:
“The simplest interpretation is that life is always evolving,” said Stoeckle. “It is more likely that — at all times in evolution — the animals alive at that point arose relatively recently.” In this view, a species only lasts a certain amount of time before it either evolves into something new or goes extinct.
Anyway, we’re seeing headlines every day claiming that science supports the idea of an Adam & Eve, albeit 200,000 years ago. Now that everything is in context, let’s get back to the CBN article. It says:
In an interview on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday, Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, reacted to the recent widely published report that announced all modern humans descended from a solitary pair who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. [Groan]
They quote the rev:
“While the scientists behind this study are not fully embracing the Genesis account of creation, there are some interesting parallels between their research and the Bible,” Jeffress said. “For instance, their findings state that all humans today can be traced to a single father and mother who lived about 100,000 years ago and that 90 percent of animals today can be traced back to ancestors who started reproducing 200,000 years ago because of some cataclysmic event like the Big Bang.”
The Big Bang? Yeah, that was the start of reproduction. The news continues:
Jeffress reminded viewers that believers already know all human beings have a common mother and father named Adam and Eve. “We know from the Bible that in fact, we do have a common father and mother, Adam and Eve, who are not the result of “tadpole mutations” but rather of Divine Creation. And we know that all life is the result not of a “Big Bang,” but of a big God,” he noted.
Yes, rev, we know. He goes on:
“Don’t lose sight of the fact that it takes more faith to believe in the evolutionist’s theory of the origin of life than the biblical creation account. Here’s why: if you ask the evolutionist how life began, he says, “Well, it started with a single cell that mutated over billions of years.” And then if you ask how that single cell came into being, the evolutionist will respond, “By chance.” In response to this, Sir Fred Hoyle, the Cambridge astrophysicist said the chance of a single cell as complex as it is coming into being by itself is one in 10 to the 40,000 power — that is a one with 40,000 zeros behind it. Hoyle said that’s enough zeros to bury Darwin and his theory of evolution forever.“
Those Darwinists can’t fool the rev! Another excerpt:
Jeffress also said there are plenty of the Creator’s footprints to see all over creation if scientists would just look for them. … “Look at cosmology: why is it that we see something instead of nothing? [Yeah, why?] Look at the complexity of the human being: how is it that inanimate matter organized itself to contemplate itself? The strong argument from science is for instead of against a Divine Creator.”
We thought about leaving out the last paragraph, but you would have found it, so here it is:
Jeffress is a best-selling author of 25 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas. He also served as an evangelical adviser to President Donald J. Trump.
Okay, have fun with it, dear reader.
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