Note that this circularity also applies in reverse–to the common accommodationist claim that science will always be compatible with true religion (aka “sophisticated religion” or “nuanced religion”). “True religion,” of course, is defined as that brand of faith that’s compatible with science. Steve Gould made this tactic famous with his NOMA gambit in Rocks of Ages.
Are science and Christianity friends? The answer to that is an emphatic yes, for any true science will be perfectly compatible with the truths we know by God’s revelation. But this science is not naturalistic, while modern science usually is. Too many evangelicals try to find middle ground, only to end up arguing for positions that combine theological surrender with scientific naïveté. As Jerry Coyne makes very clear, there really is no middle ground.
This is why accommodationism is useless against Mohler and his minions.
h/t: No Astronomer