Pete Enns has just posted the next installment of his critique of Al Mohler’s views of creation, evolution and the book of Genesis. Mohler argues that the universe just looks billions of years old when, in reality, God created it only about 6,000 years ago with apparent (but not actual) age.
Mohler’s view is clearly an ad hoc way of dismissing evidence that runs counter to his literalistic reading of the Bible. Far from being a theory that attempts to do justice to all the available evidence, Mohler’s view is a sort of procrustean bed designed to amputate inconvenient truths.
Let me be frank: I think Mohler’s position is deeply, deeply mistaken. But Mohler’s voice is a prominent one amongst evangelicals in Raleigh, and so I think it is important to draw attention to Pete’s critique. Pete puts it well:
Such explanations [as Mohler’s] demonstrate that the theology driving them is a barrier to truth more than its guardian.
Note: I have edited my original post as my initial choice of words for expressing my disagreement with Mohler’s stance was insufficiently charitable.