Southern Baptist Conference President Albert Mohler has always been controversial. I don’t mind when one is controversial for the sake of truth but I do mind very much when one is controversial for the sake of controversy. Some people think Revrend Mohler is the former, not the latter but I disagree. Arbitrarily deciding that young earth creationism should be a test of faith and questioning those of faith who believe in either Theistic Evolution or Progressive Creationism, I take issue. It is well-known that I do strongly question whether Young Earth Creationism is true science but it is simply not an essential of the historic Christian faith, in other words a non-salvation issue. Period. Back in the 300’s AD both Jewish and Christian theologians in different areas of the world, mind you, came to the same conclusion that in the first few chapters the book of Genesis was to be taken metaphorically, not literally as Reverend Mohler would like to assert. Frankly, Reverend Mohler is playing theocratic politics and there are some to make certain that his agenda does not go far. Thankfully, blogger and studied theologian Peter Enns has something to say in reaction to Mohler’s problematic assertions in his self-titled blog.
By the way, here’s the entire clip from Michael Coren’s old show on CTS back circa 2007 where the amazing and brilliant McGill University Professor Jason R. Wiles (who grew up Christian fundamentalist but had a journey) who takes on the sincere (but sincerely wrong) Laurence Tisdall, a true dyed-in-the-wool young earth creationist. Enjoy!
“Well, evolution is a theory. It’s a very compelling one. As somebody who studies DNA, the fact that we are 98.4 percent identical at the DNA level to a chimpanzee, it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that when I am studying a particular gene, I can go to the mouse and find it’s the similar gene, and it’s 90 percent the same. It’s certainly compatible with the theory of evolution, although it will always be a theory that we cannot actually prove. I’m a theistic evolutionist. I take the view that God, in His wisdom, used evolution as His creative scheme. I don’t see why that’s such a bad idea. That’s pretty amazingly creative on His part. And what is wrong with that as a way of putting together in a synthetic way the view of God who is interested in creating a group of individuals that He can have fellowship with — us? Why is evolution not an appropriate way to get to that goal? I don’t see a problem with that.”
—-American physician–geneticist, and recently appointed Director-designate National Institutes of Health , Dr. Francis Collins responding to the most frequent question, “What do you say to your fellow Christians who say, ‘Evolution is just a theory, and I can’t put that together with my idea of a creator God’?”
I guess I was always a theistic evolutionist from a very young age. On a YOU (Youth Opportunities United) outdoor activity approximately at age 16, I could remember telling my then pastor, “If evolution really began, there had to be a force behind it.” My pastor had to mention that statement at a Bible Study and of course had to add in his two cents jokingly and satirically something along the lines of me “not being entirely with the program”. Thank God I had a brain at 16. More seriously, John Halford in the 1990’s during the dramatic changes occuring in Worldwide had released a video called Creation or Evolution? Religion and Science: Bridging the Gap. Though I do remember one person who was (and still is) a member of Worldwide (a bit of a Joe Jr. fundagelical, with apologies to Gavin) was displeasured with the video and felt John Halford needed to be more strident against evolution. My response was (and still is) the video was in no way to promote creationist thought over evolutionist thought. It was laying out possibilities and offering you the viewer to think outside the box. And for an organization for many years that bullied its members to think only one way, this is a marked improvement of trying to tell it’s constituents to be open. Oh, by the way Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Mainline Protestants have had no hangup with the concept of Theistic Evolution. Most evangelicals (with some notable exceptions) and all fundamentalists (who are beyond hope anyway) elect to have a problem with Theistic Evolution possibly because it is a challenge to their Augustinian-Calvinist views on man, total depravity and original sin (but this is for another topic for another time). Lo and behold there is a blog that explains the concept of Theistic Evolution and the divergent viewpoints on the creation of the universe and dispelling silly myths of fundamentalists about Theistic Evolution. The blog is called “Perspectives on Theistic Evolution” , of course. I have added this to my links section on my blog. Nicely done and it will lead to a lot of book reviews on the subject. Check it out and enjoy at http://www.theisticevolution.org/.