Like everybody else, I am agog at this video in which Pat Robertson argues against young earth creationism:
James McGrath asks if this is A Turning Point for Evangelicalism? That’s an interesting question, since Robertson at least used to be a charismatic. Most of the pentecostal trappings were removed from view during his presidential runs, but I don’t believe he’s ever converted.
Wikipedia states, “Robertson is a Southern Baptist and was active as an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a charismatic theology not traditionally common among Southern Baptists.”
One of the tenets of the charismatic movement is that the personal experience of God trumps dogma and creeds – including the creed of biblical inerrancy. Most conservative charismatics that I’ve dealt with can sound identical to conservative evangelicals, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe Pat is returning to his roots.