Responding to Newsweek, Mohler tells ‘FOX & Friends’ the Bible ‘still matters’

Communications Staff — December 30, 2014

R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses a Newsweek cover story on the Bible with "FOX & Friends" hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Scott Brown, Dec. 30.
R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses a Newsweek cover story on the Bible with “FOX & Friends” hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Scott Brown, Dec. 30.

A Newsweek cover story calling into question the veracity and relevance of the Bible nevertheless “shows the Bible still matters,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. said today on “FOX & Friends” on the Fox News Channel.

Mohler also responded to the Newsweek article, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” by Kurt Eichenwald in a Dec. 29 blog post, saying that Eichenwald’s article “is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility.”

Eichenwald argues that Christians have a poor understanding of the Bible, which leads them to be “God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers — fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s word.”

Mohler appeared on “FOX & Friends” to discuss his response to the Newsweek article.

“Christianity doesn’t have anything to fear from an honest look at the facts of the truth claims of Christianity,” he said during the interview. “And when you have someone in the media give a balanced view and talk about the great truths of the faith in an honest and balanced and journalistic way, that’s fair game. But that’s not what we’re dealing with here. From the opening shot, this is an open attack upon Christianity.”

Concerning Eichenwald’s claims about translations of the Bible, Mohler told hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Scott Brown, “We have very accurate translations available to us now based upon very credible texts. That’s not really the problem.”

In Mohler’s blog post, he writes that Eichenwald fails to understand Christians and the Bible. And the article accomplishes what it meant to attack: to prove the continuing relevance of Scripture, he said.

“One of the most interesting things about this is that it shows that the Bible still matters,” Mohler said in the interview. “It matters so much that someone would choose this type of venue to attack it in such an open way and those who are Christians know why: it is indeed the Word of God.”

Mohler’s blog post is available at albertmohler.com, and the interview is available below.

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