The BioLogos approach to the issue is now clear. They want to discredit evangelical objections to evolution and to convince the evangelical public that an acceptance of evolution is a means of furthering the gospel. They have leveled their guns at the Intelligent Design movement, at young earth creationism, and against virtually all resistance to the embrace of evolution. They claim that the embrace of evolution is necessary if evangelicalism is not to be intellectually marginalized in the larger culture. They have warned that a refusal to embrace evolution will doom evangelicalism to the status of an intellectual cult.
Later in the article, responding to BioLogos’s Mark Sprinkle, Mohler remarks,
Dr. Sprinkle writes with concern about “Dr. Mohler’s repeated implications and suggestions, if not outright pronouncements, that I and anyone else who does not reject evolutionary processes are, therefore, not Christian in any but a nominal or diminished way, not authentic followers of Jesus no matter what we say and despite the evidence of the Holy Spirit both in us and working through us.”
At this point, given the public nature of this statement, I have to ask the only question I know to ask. Can these people read? I defy anyone to locate a single sentence where I have ever questioned the salvation of anyone in any context where I have addressed anything related to BioLogos. I have never questioned their salvation, nor have I attempted to interrogate their hearts. I accept at face value that their ambitions and intentions in their own minds are worthy. I cannot read their souls.
I’ve found this charge coming from theistic evolutionists as well: “Oh, you ID people. You think that Darwinists can’t be Christians.” We’ve never said this. What we have said is that, as a sociological fact, people who embrace Darwinism find it easier to reject Christianity. This is easily verified.
And it is also irrelevant to the central point at issue, which is whether Darwinian evolution, which is the science on which theistic evolutionists pin their hopes, is in fact false and demonstrably so. The ID community argues that it is. If we are right, the theistic evolution’s entire raison d’etre — reconciling Christian faith with Darwinian evolution — falls to pieces. It becomes the solution to a problem that no longer exists.
God bless Al Mohler for calling it the way it is.