This week I got a new book in the mail titled, I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution, Denis O. Lamoureux. I have read other resources by him on this blog who put together an EXCELLENT e-book on the subject of evolution and original sin, but have not yet read the book. The introduction page in the book directed me to the following quote by Billy Graham (whom I hold in the highest regard)…
“I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the Scriptures. I think we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things that they weren’t meant to say, and I think we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course, I accept the Creation story. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man… whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God.” — Billy Graham in “Doubt and Certainties” (1964)
Here are some of my questions:
Why was I never informed as a child that the most influential Christian leader of our time has an open posture towards evolution?
Why the war, when the key mouthpiece for evangelicalism has such an open mind to the “how” of the creation? Does anyone else feel a bit gypped?
What other thoughts does this quotation bring to your mind?