Dr. Ben Carson said hours before Wednesday’s Republican primary debate that he doesn’t believe God created the Earth in six days, as the first book of the Bible describes, and clarified that he does believe in portions of Charles Darwin’s evolution theory.
His comments to DailyMail.com will put new distance between Carson and a speech he delivered in 2012 at a ‘Celebration of Creation’ conference sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist church.
‘I believe that God created the earth. I don’t know how old the Earth is,’ the retired neurosurgeon told DailyMail.com in a debate ‘spin room’ at the University of Colorado Boulder.
‘The Bible says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth,” and then there’s a period there. So we don’t know how long that period of time lasted.’
In the 2012 speech, Carson seemed to say that point of view was invalid.
God ‘made it very specifically clear to us’ in scripture, he said then, that ‘the evening and the morning were the next day – because he knew that people would come along and try to say that, “Oh, it was millions and millions of years”.’
He declared in the same speech that Satan – the supremely evil being often referred to in Adventist theology as ‘the Adversary’ – was responsible for spreading Darwin’s theory that humans evolved from lower forms of life.
‘I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the Adversary,’ he said during his 2012 presentation, ‘and it has become what is, scientifically, politically correct.’
‘Amazingly, there are a significant number of scientists who do not believe it but they’re afraid to say anything,’ Carson added then.
Source: Daily Mail UK