With the departure of Biblical scholar Pete Enns from BioLogos, who had an official position as “Senior Fellow in Biblical Studies” (as well as a Ph.D. from Harvard in Old Testament studies and a considerable reputation for work on Biblical literalism/nonliteralism), it appears that the organization is cleaning house. What both Enns and Karl Giberson (also recently departed) had in common was their repudiation of the physical existence of Adam and Eve—something that angered the evangelicals, who desperately want to save that story to ensure that Jesus didn’t die for a mere metaphor. I would guess that both Enns and Giberson were shown the door because of this issue, and I predicted some time ago that BioLogos would fall apart.
That appears to be happening, at least with respect to the Foundation’s original mission—designed by ex-BioLogos-President and now-NIH director Francis Collins—to get evangelical Christians to accept the truth of evolution. That mission has gone down the tubes. BioLogos has bounced anybody who questions Adam and Eve, and now they’re promoting a young-earth creationist.
The creationist is Aaron Daly, and he has a 2:49 video on BioLogos called “A young earth creationist’s perspective.” They describe it like this:
In this video, young earth creationist Aaron Daly offers his thoughts on theistic evolution, creation, and how Christians should handle disagreements over issues such as the age of the earth and how God created. Most of all, however, Aaron highlights the need for love in our discussions with one another, especially when we disagree.
It’s curious that the organization deep-sixes its anti-Adam-and-Evers but puts up posts about unrepentant evolution-deniers and young-earth creationists. Doesn’t that contravene its policy of accepting good science and trying to make that science palatable to evangelicals? Doesn’t that violate the aims of the Templeton Foundation, who funded BioLogos “to seek a theology more accepting of science”? (See below.)
This is what reader Sigmund, who sent me the link, has to say:
The video is interesting for two reasons. First, Mr Daly states that he would be more willing to listen to ideas about evolution if it came from a theistic perspective—and then immediately points out that he still wouldn’t actually believe these ideas because he doesn’t see the evidence there to support evolution.
Second, and probably more importantly, he says something that crystallizes my opinion about the new direction of BioLogos.
He states that he disagrees with the idea that someone will necessarily go to hell if they don’t believe that God created the world in a literal six days and calls for more love and understanding among evangelicals.
How I read this in the context of the history of BioLogos is that the Foundation’s mission is not any longer the conversion of evangelicals to the scientific viewpoints of theistic evolutionists like Falk [Darrel Falk, current BioLogos President] or Collins. It has now changed to merely promoting tolerance of the minority—and, frankly, heretical according to mainstream evangelicism—viewpoints of the theistic evolutionists.
Remember that BioLogos is funded to the tune of two million dollars by the Templeton Foundation (grant description here and below). Are you embarrassed yet, Templeton? Your money is going to promote the views of young earth creationists and people who try to rationalize the existence of a historical Adam and Eve. Templeton, you and BioLogos are a huge embarrassement to science. And Templeton, if you want to keep what little credibility you retain among good scientists, you’d better not give BioLogos dime one after their grant runs out in February. (I predict that BioLogos will meet a quick demise at that time.)
Here’s where the Templeton money is going:
The Language of God: BioLogos Website and Workshop:
These grants support the launch of the BioLogos Foundation with the creation of a website and a series of workshops on the compatibility of theism and evolutionary science. The website will serve as a forum for Francis Collins and other expert consultants to address common questions about the relationship between faith and science. The invitation-only workshops will bring scientists and evangelical leaders together to seek a theology more accepting of science, specifically evolutionary biology. These projects will allow the BioLogos Foundation to build a reputation as a source of sympathetic, authoritative, and accessible thought on matters of science and faith.
- Project Leader(s)
Francis Collins, Founder and President
The BioLogos Foundation
The BioLogos Foundation (Bethesda, Maryland)
- Grant Amount: $2,028,238
- Start Date: January 2008
- End Date: February 2012
- Grant ID: 13489, 14407