We build fences to keep ourselves from committing certain sins. Soon these fences – instead of the sins they were designed to guard against- become the issue. We elevate our rules to the level of God’s commandments. –Jerry Bridges
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Have you been following the recent internet dialog between Darrel Falk, president of The BioLogos Foundation, and Al Mohler Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary?
In its December 31, 2010 blog post, BioLogos featured an interesting article entitled “The Dawning of a New Day”, which you can read here. Here is the gist of Falk’s article:
“BioLogos and its impact on the evangelical scene was one of the top ten stories of 2010 as judged by both Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition. This is good, I suppose. However, we have barely begun to deal with the issues in a substantive manner. The reason BioLogos made the “big ten” was because of the hype associated with personal interest stories. Bruce Waltke, the 80 year old much-loved biblical scholar chose to resign from his seminary position over the commotion created by a statement he made about evolution. Albert Mohler, among the most important evangelicals in the world, noticed us – then, like a giant annoyed by a buzzing little fly, attempted to squish us, not with a swat, but with a few delicately placed strokes on his keyboard.
So can we in the BioLogos community pat ourselves on the back because evangelical Christianity may finally be starting to think about evolutionary creation? Absolutely not! The issues are enormous and the real task has barely begun.”
If you missed the news last April regarding Bruce Waltke’s resignation from Reformed Theological Seminary, you can read about it here.
If you’re not familiar with the BioLogos Foundation, it was established in 2007 by Francis Collins, who served as its president until he was nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Director of the National Institutes of Health in 2009. Collins is a geneticist who served as director of the extremely important Human Genome Project, which you can read about here.
The goal of the BioLogos Foundation is to “contribute to the public voice that represents the harmony of science and faith”. According to its website, which launched on April 28, 2009, BioLogos addresses both science and religion, stressing the compatibility of the Christian faith with what science has discovered about the origins of the universe. For more information, go here.
Al Mohler, who was mentioned by Falk in his blog post, responded with his own blog post entitled: “No Buzzing Little Fly – Why the Creation-Evolution Debate is So Important”, which you can read here.
Mohler begins the article with these words:
“The folks at BioLogos ended the year 2010 by declaring “The Dawning of a New Day.” Darrel Falk, president of The BioLogos Foundation, wrote with both passion and anticipation as he reviewed the past year and the impact of BioLogos on the evangelical scene. If making a splash was their ambition, they certainly achieved it.”
Al Mohler then calls into question Falk’s contentions by writing:
“Pushes its agenda with such intensity”? We believe those words more aptly describe the Young Earth Crowd with whom Mohler rubs elbows. Of interest to us is the Creation Museum’s close proximity to Southern Seminary.
Mohler then includes the following excerpt from Falk’s article, which likely stirred him up:
“Will we ever be able to show the followers of Albert Mohler, John MacArthur and others that Christian theology doesn’t stand or fall on how we understand Genesis 1 or the question of whether Adam and Eve were the sole genetic progenitors of the human race? These are extremely critical issues to many and the task of showing in a convincing manner that evangelical theology doesn’t depend on the age of the earth, and it doesn’t depend upon whether Adam was made directly from dust will likely take decades before it will be convincing to all.”
Al Mohler concludes his response to Falk and BioLogos with these words (pay close attention to the first sentence):
I do not believe that BioLogos is “a buzzing little fly.” To the contrary, I believe that it represents a very significant challenge to the integrity of Christian theology and the church’s understanding of everything from the authority and truthfulness of the Bible to the meaning of the Gospel. A buzzing little fly is only a nuisance. The theory of evolution is no mere nuisance — it represents one of the greatest challenges to Christian faith and faithfulness in our times.”
We believe the Young Earth Creationists, such as Al Mohler and Ken Ham, have made creationism a doctrinal issue. In other words, if you don’t believe just as they do – that the earth was created in six literal 24 hour days – then you are simply WRONG! This is legalism at its worst. It is incredible that Mohler “accepts without hesitation the fact that the world indeed looks old,” yet he insists on one view of creation – Young Earth.
Our upcoming post will provide extensive analysis on why we believe this kind of legalism is causing tremendous harm to the body of Christ.
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