John Meacham of Newsweek magazine moderated an informal debate between Southern Baptist Pastor Rick Warren and atheist Sam Harris. The conversation was wide-ranging and free-wheeling. I’m not going to comment on the entire debate, but I was interested to see this exchange about biblical inerrancy.
MEACHAM: Is the Bible inerrant?
WARREN: I believe it’s inerrant in what it claims to be. The Bible does not claim to be a scientific book in many areas.
MEACHAM: Do you believe Creation happened in the way Genesis describes it?
WARREN: If you’re asking me do I believe in evolution, the answer is no, I don’t. I believe that God, at a moment, created man. I do believe Genesis is literal, but I do also know metaphorical terms are used. Did God come down and blow in man’s nose? If you believe in God, you don’t have a problem accepting miracles. So if God wants to do it that way, it’s fine with me.
There’s really not enough here to go on, but I do wish that Warren could have pursued this a little further. It reads as if Warren thinks the Genesis creation account uses “metaphorical terms.” Obviously, he claims to believe in a historical Adam, but what about Babel, the Flood, etc.? In any case, this question is not a small matter as the historicity of Genesis 1-11 has loomed rather large in the so-called “Bible wars.”
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