‘Something you need to watch’: Evolutionists in Seminary Classrooms

Dr. David Menton, a speaker, writer, and researcher at Answers in Genesis, spoke at the 2015 Issues, Etc., “Making the Case Conference” on the topic of Creationism vs. Naturalism. He concluded his remarks by speaking of the way in which evolutionists were attempting to get into the church in order to influence Christians to reject a six day creation in favor of an evolutionary worldview. The full audio of the presentation can be found here.

Here are the pertinent remarks that begin at about 1:14:06 mark of the recording. What follows are Dr. Menton’s remarks:

“While Christians today may be able to embrace evolution and somehow in their mind still recognize that they are sinful, they have a savior. I’m not going to judge their eternal welfare. That’s between them and God. I’m not the gatekeeper. But I am going to tell you this: you may be able to keep your faith intact, but will your students that you teach? Will the members of your congregations keep their faith intact? If you teach that death is natural. It’s been here from the get go. That there was no literal Adam. That Adam wasn’t the first to want to sin and wasn’t the first to die among humans. And if you undermine the first Adam, what becomes of the second Adam, who is equated with the first Adam? It all falls. I pray that won’t happen to us here, and I pray that won’t happen in our synods, but I see bad things going on. All I can say is keep your eyes on things going on right now.

A couple of years ago, I attended American Association for the Advancement of Science that met in St. Louis, and they were really distressed by the idea that over 40% of Americans continue to believe in fiat creation and about 6,000 years. And they said the reason for this—and it’s not like this anywhere else in the world they insisted—the reason it’s like this in America is because of Christianity. Conservative Christianity’s indoctrinated all these students to believe in a Creator. That God created by the power of His Word. They said the only way we’re going to win this battle is we need to get into the church. And the AAAS got together with the Templeton Foundation that greased the skids with money and they’ve gone to now 10 different seminary schools—20 applied for the money, 10 got it—and for about $200,000 in money, these sem schools are going to allow evolutionists to come into the regular religion classroom and teach evolution. You kind of wonder what they could’ve bought for half a million, huh? One of those, as I understand, is Concordia Seminary in St. Louis that has accepted this money, and I presume will get local evolutionists—possibly from Washington University. They may be talking about other things besides evolution, possibly global climate change and man’s responsibility for it or conservation, what have you. Maybe not everything they teach will be something inappropriate. But it’s something you need to watch. Thank you very kindly for your attention.”

Dr. Menton made a connection between the Templeton Foundation and the AAAS. Here’s what Templeton says on their page Evolution and the Christian Faith:

“The grant recipients will produce hundreds of videos, articles, books, lectures, workshops, and websites, greatly increasing the visibility of the evolutionary creation point of view. Many more students, pastors, and laypeople will become aware that biblical faith does not require the rejection of evolutionary science.” (Emphasis mine)


Editor’s Note:  Here is a link to the 2014 LCMS article about the acceptance of this money.

About Pastor Jordan McKinley

Rev. Jordan McKinley is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia, IN. He’s a 2012 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and a 2006 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He served his vicarage at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pagosa Springs, CO, and served from June 2012 to August 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett, IA, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stanwood, IA. He is the husband of one wife, Andrea, and the father of three (Naomi, Collin, and Theodore). Though he has a deep and abiding love of all things Star Trek, he will not likely be writing any theological treatises in Klingon.


‘Something you need to watch’: Evolutionists in Seminary Classrooms — 55 Comments

  1. “….some of the conclusions reached in Theistic Evolution end up on the side of Deism” – That’s possible, but not a necessary conclusion. Evolutionary creationists generally hold that the divine Word continues to order and direct the evolutionary process in a hidden way, “in, with, and under” (to borrow a phrase) the natural processes we observe. This would be contrary to Deism or metaphysical naturalism (aka “scientism”). You can quite easily come to a Deistic understanding of creation from a strict six 24-hour history day view of creation as well.

  2. @William M. Cwirla #44
    As long as the seminary’s prevailing attitude and philosophy going in is that science must catch up with the Bible and not the other way around. AAAS should be advised that “bridging the gap” will not always be a realistic goal in view of the finite spectrum of scientific knowledge and they should understand the limitations of their role which doesn’t include making new converts but shows the utmost respect for the most conservative rendering of Genesis chapter one. But of course you and I both know the naturalists will impose their worldview and philosophy on the seminary. That’s what they do. It is idealistic to assume otherwise.

  3. @Darrell #49

    No, Ken Ham certainly is not Armenian!

    And what is wrong with Armenians? I know they’re considered monophysites by some, but they consider themselves miaphysites and condemn Eutychian Monophysitism as heresy.

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