The Intellectual Dishonesty of “Believing it, Defending it, Proclaiming it” @AiG

That is the motto of Answers in Genesis:


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When you start with ‘believing it’ as the first principle, you encourage groupthink. What one person thinks is what everyone else must think. We follow this by defense. Not examination. Not reformation. Not reforming or renewal. Only defense. This is the root of fundamentalism wherein there is no examination of the belief, only the requirement to believe it and then to defend it. As Peter Enns suggest for believers like Albert Mohler, theology should never be examined, only defended.

This is a pitiful excuse for ‘apologetics’ and indeed, a pitiful method of actual exegesis.

God help us never to be that locked into our own doctrines and beliefs that we never hear the Spirit calling….

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

2 thoughts on “The Intellectual Dishonesty of “Believing it, Defending it, Proclaiming it” @AiG

  1. Did Al Mohler really say that? It’s not that I don’t believe you, but with a quote that outrageous, I feel like I need to be fair and examine it in it’s original context before I allow myself to be as shocked as I could be.

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