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Albert Mohler!

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Albert Mohler serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world—and he blogs. It’s worth taking a look there from time to time.

Here he is ruminating on the question of whether “science trumps the Bible” (in some ways, a false dichotomy, but that’s a discussion for another day):

“[C]ount me in as being lost to the assertion that science trumps the Bible “about the natural world” or about anything else. In his original response to Jerry Coyne, Giberson made the argument in more striking words: “Empirical science does indeed trump revealed truth about the world as Galileo and Darwin showed only too clearly.” That statement, with its reference to “revealed truth,” is even more shocking than the first.

In the economy of a few words, Giberson throws the Bible under the scientific bus. We should be thankful that his argument is so clear, for it puts the case for theistic evolution in its proper light — as a direct attack upon biblical authority.

What’s interesting about this is not Mohler’s biblical literalism, but the intensity of his assault on “Giberson”, a professor at East Nazarene College, and, clearly, no atheist. To make a public exhibition of your faith by attacking those somewhat further along the dial is a classic sectarian trait whether political or religious. And it’s not going away.

New Mexico, January 1999 (photo: AS)

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3 comments

  • parabarbarian · October 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Perhasp the Bible is a test of faith.

    Science has amassed a great deal of evidence that is incompatible with the Bible as written. However, as I understand it, a basic tenet of Christianity is that a man is saved by faith. What better test of faith can there be than to require that man to believe in the truth of something that is demonstrably at odds with observable reality.

  • Panglos · October 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Und here ve see the life and death struggle of the Bull Baptists

  • Snippet · October 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    >>> What better test of faith can there be than to require that man to believe in the truth of something that is demonstrably at odds with observable reality.

    What better test of people’s capacity to believe in nonsense than to give them nonsense, demonstrably contradicted by facts, and see whether they pick the nonsense (then construct tortured rationalizations), or the facts?

    Why, exactly, is the Christian God so obsessed with people who have a great capacity to willfully deny facts (the very definition of faith)?

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