Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bush Says Creation 'Not Incompatible' With Evolution




Interviewer Cynthia McFadden asked Bush if the Bible was literally true.


"You know. Probably not. ... No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it, but I do think that the New Testament for example is ... has got ... You know, the important lesson is 'God sent a son,"' Bush said.


The president also said that he prays to the same God as those with different religious beliefs.


"I do believe there is an almighty that is broad and big enough and loving enough that can encompass a lot of people," Bush said.


Asked about creation and evolution, Bush said: "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 already knew that Bush's science advisor was an evolutionist. So this isn't really a revelation to me. Of course there is a question of whether the evolution that Bush believes in is micro- or macro-. But the more important question is how liberal do Republicans have to get before we start seeking alternatives. John McCain was outspokenly an evolutionist.

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