With regard to the universe’s appearance of vast age, Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, offers this curious argument:
The universe looks old because the creator made it whole. When he made Adam, Adam was not a fetus; Adam was a man; he had the appearance of a man. By our understanding that would’ve required time for Adam to get old but not by the sovereign creative power of God. He put Adam in the garden. The garden was not merely seeds; it was a fertile, fecund, mature garden. The Genesis account clearly claims that God creates and makes things whole.
Yes, and the dinosaurs were put in the ground with the appearance of age as well. And the moon has meteor impact craters with rock fragments in them that date to billions of years because they, well, eh, . . . hmm.
It was this same Albert Mohler who, in 2010, got into a dust-up with the BioLogos Foundation, an organization of scientists and intellectuals who also happen to be Christians. Darrel Falk, President of BioLogos, writes the following:
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. BioLogos is not a little fly, however, and it is not going to go away. Dr. Mohler, giant as he is in fundamentalist/evangelical circles, represents a view that takes on the entire scientific enterprise. To this day, I have not been able to identify a single person who holds a science faculty position in any Biology, Geology or Physics Department at any secular research university in the world who would agree with Dr. Mohler’s view of creation.
And Christianity Today, highlighting the tension between fundamentalist and nonfundamentalist Christians over Genesis literalism, put the BioLogos video controversy over Adam and Eve’s historicity in its top ten notable news stories for 2010. The Adam and Eve story was placed at number eight and here’s what Christianity Today said about it:
Prominent Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke resigns from Reformed Theological Seminary under pressure amid debate on the historicity of Adam. “If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution,” he said in a video for BioLogos, “to deny that reality will make us a cult.”
As we move deeper into the 21st century, will most Christians follow Dr. Mohler into the marginal and cultish, or will they find their way to a saner détente with science via groups like BioLogos?