Nothing can make a smart Christian look sillier than for that smart Christian to be a young earth creationist. Such is the case with Al Mohler. I really enjoyed Chaplain Mike's take on Mohler and creationism from a while back.
Mohler's central thesis is that if we do not accept Genesis literally the doctrine of original sin cannot stand. That is of course bunk. If we do not read Genesis literally we may not know the historical underpinnings for original sin, but we can still know and acknowledge that all men are sinners - the evidence around us is too strong to deny it.
But the real place I want to dip into this conversation is when Chaplain Mike writes:
Second, “…to the prevailing evolutionary dogma…” I am in no position to defend the evolutionary theory and have no desire to do so. But Al, come on, this is a straw man and you know it. Al Mohler is no scientist and in no position to dismiss an entire area of scientific inquiry by calling it “dogma.” Of course, there are atheistic dogmatists who use scientific evidence such as evolution to argue a case against Christianity or theism. But what about all the fine Christians who think evolution is a reasonable way to explain life’s development? And do not find it at all incompatible with reasonable ways of interpreting the ancient Scriptures? Who’s the dogmatist here?
I AM in a position to address this to a greater extent. The evidence for evolution is far from the standard for conclusive, but it is strong. There are many details to argue, but to argue that there is nothing to evolution at all
is to assume that God created the earth with false evidence. Our choice is simple, either God is capricious and misleading or there is something to this evolution stuff. I for one think a capricious and misleading God is much more problematic than have a slightly more difficult time making the case for original sin.
There is still much evidence for sin, but a lying God is a major problem.
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