President Bush Speaks Out About God and Evolution

on December 13, 2008

AP: “Bush Talks of Belief in God, Evolution” Much has been made in the past several months of the former U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ views on origins. Now the current president weighs in.

Asked about creation and evolution during an interview on ABC television’s Nightline, President Bush answered:

"I happen to believe that evolution doesn’t fully explain the mystery of life.”

“I think you can have both. I think evolution can—you’re getting me way out of my lane here. I’m just a simple president. But it’s, I think that God created the earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty and I don’t think it's incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution. . . . I happen to believe that evolution doesn’t fully explain the mystery of life.”

At first, Bush’s exact view may seem unclear, since he doesn’t clarify whether he means “evolution” as in “molecules-to-man” evolution, or whether he simply means that we do observe changes in genera and species across time. However, when asked if the Bible is literally true, he answered:

“You know, probably not. . . . No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it . . . the important lesson is ‘God sent a son.’”

Bush was nearly self-deprecating in his answers to many questions, claiming he “can’t go there” when asked if God chose him to be president, and saying religion was his “one-step” program out of alcoholism and that it is difficult for him to “justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in [his] life.”

While Bush certainly goes farther than some others (including some presidents) in acknowledging the role of faith in his life, we are disappointed to hear that, like many others, he mistakenly believes evolution can be reconciled with the character of a loving God. Our mission is to empower the church to explain—to presidents and everyone else—why Christianity and Darwinian evolution are absolutely incompatible.

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