‘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.

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